>> The assault on the American auto industry, believe me, is over.>> As the Trump administration works to shrink the EPA and reverse environmental policies, states are fighting back. California challenging the White House's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the administration said still need review, and setting up a potential face off between federal and state regulators.
On Friday, the California Air Resources Board unanimously voting for stricter standards including a mandate for zero emission cars upholding targets set by the Obama administration which rushed to finalize the federal standards after Trump's election. Earlier this month, President Trump ordered a review of tough US vehicle fuel efficiency policies handing a victory to auto industry executives and provoking criticism from Democrats and environmental groups.
White House official telling Reuters, the easing of regulations is about protecting jobs and providing consumers with affordable cars. Federal regulators could try to challenge California's ability to make rules about greenhouse gases. But California Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have vowed resistance to Trump's agenda.