The White House removed language calling climate change a “serious challenge” from a proposal that limits California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emissions standards, according to reporting from E&E News.
A draft of the document obtained by E&E shows the White House striking the phrase “while global climate change is a serious challenge” before explaining its rationale for why California should not be allowed to set more stringent emissions standards than the federal government.
The changes were made to the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule proposed by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
President Trump announced last month on Twitter that he was revoking the waiver California has relied on for more than 50 years to mandate tougher emissions standards. Thirteen other states also use the California standards.