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EPA Emissions Rollback Leaves State AGs Little Choice But to Fight Back

April 2, 2018
Contact: stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu

Washington, D.C. — David Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law, released the following statement: 

"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has picked another senseless, destructive fight by undercutting tailpipe emissions reductions that industry, state and federal governments and the public worked together to put in place. Pruitt leaves state attorneys general little choice but to fight back -- and add to their courthouse victory tally." 
In June 2017, a coalition of state attorneys general sent a letter to EPA threatening legal action if EPA attempts to weaken air pollution standards set for passenger cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022-2025. The higher mileage requirements are projected to eliminate as much as six billion metric tons of greenhouse gases and save consumers more than $1 trillion at the pump over the lifetime of the cars affected.

ABOUT THE STATE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advance clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.