Attorney General News Release 2018-59 Coalition Adds Critical Information on Rollback of Clean Car Standards and the Clean Power Plan

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Latest News

HONOLULU – Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki today, as part of a coalition of 29 states and local governments, moved the “Fourth National Climate Assessment” into the rulemaking records for the Trump Administration’s proposed rollbacks of the Clean Car Standards and Clean Power Plan. The Assessment’s findings reinforce the coalition’s arguments for maintaining the standards to reduce emissions and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. The Assessment – produced by more than 300 federal and nonfederal experts, including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and 12 other federal agencies – warns that without immediate action, the effects of climate change will severely harm public health, the environment, the economy, and national security.

“Climate change facts can’t be ignored,” said Attorney General Suzuki.  “Rolling back regulations would be disastrous for the nation.”

The coalition’s action supplements its previously-filed comments earlier this year in October. The coalition argued in its letters that it would be unlawful for the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to move forward with their proposals to roll back emission reduction regulations for two of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions – vehicles and power plants – while ignoring the National Climate Assessment. The combined effects of rolling back the regulations would, in coming years, conservatively result in increased emissions equal to the annual emissions of 147 coal-fired power plants or an additional 127 million gasoline-powered cars on the road.

As described in the Assessment, halting emission standards would lead to catastrophic scenarios for every region of the nation, impacting public health, the environment, the economy, and national security. By pushing forward with the its misguided and regressive proposals, the Trump Administration would not only accelerate these frightening scenarios, but is in direct violation of its lawful duties.

 

The filings for Clean Car Standards and the Clean Power Plan are available at:

https://www.oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press-docs/states-and-cities-12-21-18-comment-and-nca4-submittal-safe-dockets.pdf; and

https://www.oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press-docs/2018-1221-final-detailed-ltr-re-nca4-signed.pdf

 

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For more information, contact:

 

Krishna F. Jayaram

Special Assistant to the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General

(808) 586-1284

[email protected]

http://ag.hawaii.gov

 

 

Krishna F. Jayaram

Special Assistant to the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General

425 Queen Street

Honolulu  HI  96813

Ph. 808 586-1284

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