The California Air Resources board approved new 2022-2025 vehicle pollution laws Friday, hitting back at President Donald Trump’s lax approach to pollution and environmental protection.
In addition to the new regulations, the board also set a zero-emission sales mandate for automakers during the 2022-2025 timeframe and has begun to work on targets for beyond 2025. Automakers have requested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review the new 2022-2025 standards, an action that has drawn criticism from Air Resources board members.
The new pollution standards will likely set up a standoff between federal and state regulators, with nearly a dozen other states supporting California’s revised 2022-2025 standards. The White House expressed its displeasure in the approval of the new regulations, with a spokesperson saying “we are disappointed that California has chosen to refuse our good-faith offer to work together with all relevant stakeholders on this important matter.”
The Trump administration has little chance of wavering Air Resources board on its stance, it seems. One member called for the pollution regulations to be even stricter, signaling tighter regulations for 2025 and beyond. In response to the proposal that federal regulators may try to challenge California’s pollution laws, one board member said “if a divorce (between federal and state regulators) is going to happen at some point, we are going to litigate that divorce strongly.”