NY AG Sues Trump For Peeling Back Obama’s Fuel Efficiency Rules

Eric Schneiderman

New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump for rolling back his Democratic predecessor’s fuel efficiency standards.

Eric Schneiderman, who many believe to be one of Trump’s most bitter critics, is suing the president for delaying a rule forcing automakers to meet or exceed fuel efficiency standards. He is joining a slew of his Democratic counterparts in the lawsuit.

“Fuel efficiency standards are common sense, protecting Americans pocketbooks and reducing the emissions that undermine public health and drive climate change,” he wrote in a press statement announcing his decision.

Trump “again and again” sides against “New Yorkers and our environment,” Schneiderman noted, adding that he and his fellow AGs will act against the president when “those we serve are put at risk.”

The Trump administration took the initial steps in August toward rolling back former President Barack Obama’s vehicle emission standards. The auto industry celebrated the decision to reopen the emission standards rules.

Industry stakeholders have argued the rules place an undue burden on auto manufacturers struggling to meet emission standards amid low gas prices and lagging biofuel production. They believe the standards could potentially destroy thousands of jobs.

Chief executives at GM, Ford Motor, Fiat, along with executives at Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and others believe the rule could “threaten future production levels, putting hundreds of thousands and perhaps as many as a million jobs at risk,” the executives told Trump in March

Environmentalists believe the rules, which require automakers to double the average fuel efficiency of car and truck fleets to an eye-popping 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, help lessen fuel costs for customers and help the U.S. to fight climate change.

Auto-dealers, meanwhile, say the rules could cost consumers. Mark Scarpelli, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, told an audience at a January auto-dealer conference that the technology needed to improve fuel efficiency could add as much as $3,000 to a car’s price tag.

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    MCPR

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    The state of New York and its AG should feel free to prohibit the sales of certain (or any, if they’re so inclined) automobiles in their own state. Until Eric Schneiderman is brave enough to do that, he’s just another pipsqueak who feels others should do his dirty work.

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      R. Johnson

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      Well stated! NY and AG Schneiderman should institute their own standard and ban all vehicles that achieve less than 40 mpg NOW. Why wait if he thinks it’s so important? Then watch New Yorkers boot his butt out of office.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Just another of the World Goverment under the Useless Nations a leech like most all liberal demacrats are suckling of the lifeblood of america to appease Big Brother

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    Amber

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    Isn’t this the same rent seeker/ lobbiest that sucked up to Steyer for a cash ?
    Isn’t this the same clown who fronted a few AG’s acting for the ” clean energy” corporate welfare bums who don’t have a business without $ billions in tax payer financed grants and loan guarantees ?
    The only “risk ” is the money gets cut off . Did the people of NY sign on to
    have a lobbyist as their AG ? Sha na… na na Good Bye !

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    JayPee

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    You just can’t file a lawsuit because of pique.
    You have to have legal grounds as a foundation.
    I’d like to know what
    Hair Sch-night-ur mahn
    bases his claim on.

    Most particularly considering that nearly every dictum from

    O’BAMA the Great

    Was pure administrative declaration and

    NOT LAW !

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Attorney General Disaster needs a whole new job like at janitor in the New York Slimes building cleaning up after all those lying liars

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    Steve

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    But think of all the bureacrats without a job if they shut down the fuel efficiency scam….more paperwork = more govt jobs…
    Bugger the environment….

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    Spurwing Plover

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    America is way over due for serious tort reform and we start with the state of New Yorks head hancho and all around sleazball their A.G.

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