LA joins coalition to defend fuel economy standards

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles on Monday joined a multi-state coalition in defending a challenge to federal fuel economy standards for light vehicles.

In a motion, 21 states, plus the District of Columbia and Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“These vital new fuel economy standards will save us money at the pump, lead us to greater energy independence and help fight the climate crisis — the most pressing environmental problem of our time,” said Mike Feuer, a lawyer for the City of Los Angeles.

The NHTSA had toned down fuel economy standards for model year 2022-26 vehicles during the Trump administration, but the new standards for model year 2024-26 vehicles increased the rigor by between 8-10% per year.

Those standards were challenged on June 30 by a group of 11 states led by Texas, along with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued in a statement that the new rules “would saddle customers with more expensive electric vehicles.”

The coalition claims the new fuel economy standards are important to help protect against the consequences of consuming more fuel, which could lead to an increase in emissions.

In a statement, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said fuel economy standards are also reducing dependence on fossil fuels amid global instability and the climate crisis.

“The skyrocketing gas prices of recent months are a prime example of why stricter fuel economy standards are needed,” Bonta said. “The technology is there and the law is clear.”

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