The federal government led by the Trump administration may set sail on a collision course with the state of California. Last week, the EPA announced current emission targets proposed under the Obama administration are too stringent. The forthcoming changes could pit California and the U.S. government in a states’ rights legal battle.
But, California is hopeful it can strike a deal with the Trump administration. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the California Air Resources Board is looking at ways to compromise, so long as the federal government doesn’t seek to overrule the state completely. Additionally, 12 other states follow emission standards set by CARB.
“There’s a way to get to success, unless your goal is to roll over California and not allow us to have any standards,” Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, said.
Nichols said she’s open to adjusting current regulations that will make it easier for automakers to manage. Another option may be additional credits in California for deploying fleets of electric vehicles for car sharing purposes.
Thus far, California has not received an official proposal from the Trump administration, but Nichols said to expect a handful of options from the U.S.
“What they are saying is, ‘We’re going to propose a range of options, and we want you to like one of them.’”