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Scuttled Auto Mileage Talks Prompt U.S.-California Blame Game

June 20, 2019, 7:28 PM

Top environmental regulators in Washington and Sacramento sparred June 20 over failed negotiations on contentious vehicle emissions and fuel economy rules—each blaming the other for a standoff that could lead to years of legal battles and dueling auto requirements in parts of the U.S.

The public flash of tensions—erupting on Capitol Hill—revolves around the Trump administration’s proposal to cap fuel economy and tailpipe carbon emissions standards at 2020 levels, instead of rising annually. White House officials in February terminated talks with the California Air Resources Board over a potential compromise on the plan, which also would revoke the state’s authority...

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