NJ cleanup of car emissions put at risk as Feds exit California talks

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Trump administration yesterday ended talks with California over the state’s stricter standards for fuel-efficient vehicles, jeopardizing New Jersey’s own efforts to curb climate-changing emissions from cars.

In a joint statement from the White House, Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, the administration announced it was discontinuing discussions with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on the issue and would move ahead with its own proposal on fuel economy and tailpipe emission standards.

The decision is likely to increase prospects the issue will wind up being decided by the courts where New Jersey and 20 other states already have challenged the administration’s rollback of an Obama-era rule to clamp down on carbon pollution from vehicles …

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