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September 20, 2019

Inhofe Praises Revoking California Emissions Waiver

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised President Trump and EPA Administrator Wheeler for revoking California’s fuel standards waiver. California’s waiver, granted by the Obama administration in 2013, allowed just one state to dictate automobile standards for the nation, effectively driving up the prices for trucks, SUVs and non-electric vehicles.

“For too long, midnight regulations from the Obama Administration allowed California to set auto standards for the entire country, forcing the automobile industry into producing—and subsidizing--cars consumers do not want. These standards ignored the needs of Oklahomans and Americans who need reliable and affordable vehicles for their farms, ranches or small businesses. By revoking California’s waiver, President Trump is looking out for all Americans, not just liberal special interests, and challenging the industry to produce safe, reliable and affordable vehicles.

“Now that we’ve ended the de facto subsidies—next step is ending the federal electric vehicle subsidies when they expire.”

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal Editorial board argued for ending electric vehicle tax credit, rightfully calling it a ‘gift to the affluent.’   

Inhofe has been leading the push to revoke California’s emission’s waiver:

  • August 2018 – Inhofe authored a letter to EPA and NHTSA in support of ending California’s emission’s waiver.
  • August 2018 – Inhofe questions EPA Administrator Wheeler about emissions standards, calling the California waiver “coercive federalism.”
  • January 2018 – Inhofe questions witnesses during a Commerce Committee field hearing at the Washington Auto Show about how the California waiver picks winners and losers.

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