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California goes for clean car standards

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 01:20

California plans to move ahead with tougher car pollution rules as President Donald Trump calls for the EPA to review and possibly dial back car fuel efficiency standards. Fred Katayama reports.

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California plans to keep on truckin' with tougher car pollution rules approved by former President Barack Obama's administration. That plan includes stricter tailpipe emissions targets and a mandate for zero-emissions cars. The news comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Environmental Protection Agency to review and - possibly - dial back car fuel efficiency standards. The clash between California and Trump could lead to the creation of several different set of standards in the country, bumping up costs for car makers and creating headaches for consumers. Autotrader's senior analyst Michelle Krebs: (SOUNDBITE) MICHELLE KREBS, SENIOR ANALYST, AUTOTRADER, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "California is gonna have clean car standards. they made that clear. They are not going to change their standards. The Trump administration, supposedly, is all about states' rights, and so California is exhorting its rights to make those decisions." Last year, U.S. and California regulators published a review that said stricter pollution controls will add about $1,000 to the cost of each car sold in 2025. But they said that cost will be offset by lower fuel costs and cleaner air. Automakers said they did not get enough time to review the study.

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California goes for clean car standards

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 01:20