The chaos has begun over emissions rules.
Following our report that President Trump was planning to revoke California's long-standing waiver process, the administration has brought out its "One National Program Rule" that, effectively, stops all states and local governments from establishing their own separate emissions standards.
The California Attorney General's office says it has filed suit, along with 23 other state attorney generals, to challenge the revocation of states rights. The waiver granted California the authority to self regulate its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions and set a mandate for zero-emission vehicles.
The bar California has set over emissions is followed by thirteen other states, as well as Washington, DC. However, other states are standing up to be counted including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The cities of New York and Los Angeles have also joined the lawsuit.
It was California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that led the charge to sue National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the day after it issued the regulation.
"The Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job training. President Trump should have at least read the instruction manual he inherited when he assumed the presidency, in particular, the chapter on respecting the rule of law," Becerra said. Conversely, EPA spokesperson Corry Schiermeyer said in a statement that the waivers are only given so that California can tackle "local pollution."
"EPA has granted those waivers over many years," she says, "But California cannot misuse that authority to set national fuel economy standards and attempt to control national greenhouse gas emissions standards. We are confident we are correctly applying the law and will prevail in the courts."