President Trump is rolling back vital car pollution regulations, which is going to hamper the fight against climate change, asserts Jody Freeman of The New York Times. Transportation is the biggest creator of greenhouse gases in the US, largely from cars and trucks. Trump’s decision would stop legislation that pushes the automobile industry to continue reducing the pollution that its cars create. California’s ability to regulate the cars sold within its borders is also being targeted. Without it, programs that promote electric and hybrid cars would end. If Trump succeeds, it would be a huge setback to America’s effort to pollute less.
The Trump administration is pushing to undo California’s clout over car regulations, which it believes should be decided by the federal government, reports John Lippert of Bloomberg. The automobile industry supports this effort, as it could otherwise be required to build cars along two sets of regulations, California’s and the rest of the country’s. Trump officials argue that too many regulations raise the prices of cars, meaning that people will stick to older cars that are less safe. Furthermore, California’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will stay in place; ozone layer pollutant regulations are the primary target.