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Schwarzenegger: ‘Scott Pruitt is stuck in the polluting past’ on car emission standards

Schwarzenegger: ‘Scott Pruitt is stuck in the polluting past’ on car emission standards

With Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt poised to roll back Obama-era emission targets for cars and revoke California’s even stricter standards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state’s former Republican governor, is crying foul.

“Scott Pruitt is stuck in the polluting past, and California is showing the way to a cleaner, profitable future — we are ahead of the rest of the nation in economic growth and in lowering emissions,” Schwarzenegger told Yahoo News in an email on Monday. “In the United States, we have a long history of instituting emissions standards to clean our air that goes back to when Richard Nixon was president and Ronald Reagan was governor of California. Those aren’t the most liberal guys around, let me remind you.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, Schwarzenegger’s successor, announced on May 1 that California is leading an 18-state coalition to sue the EPA in defense of the clean-car rules. The lawsuit alleges that the EPA “acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own regulations and violated the Clean Air Act.”

Under the Clean Air Act, California has the authority to set its own standards for vehicle emissions as long as they aren’t weaker than the federal standards, but the state is required to have a waiver from the EPA. That arrangement is predicated on the fact that, since the 1950s, California has set its own emission standards. Section 177 of the Clean Air Act allows other states to follow California’s standards instead of the federal requirements.

Schwarzenegger continued: “We also have a long history of the federal government respecting California’s right, as a state, to regulate our own air. When I was governor, the EPA thought they could stop us, and we won. The EPA even tried to claim that greenhouse gases were not a pollutant, and we took them all the way to the Supreme Court and we won that. Mr. Pruitt, I can assure you that California, and those who believe in a cleaner future, will win again.”

President Trump’s nomination of Pruitt as EPA chief elicited widespread condemnation from scientists and environmentalists, in large part because of his climate-change denial and close ties to the fossil fuel industry as attorney general of Oklahoma. Although support of Pruitt from conservatives has wavered amid allegations of <a href=”https://www.yahoo.com/news/epa-chief-pru

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