Trump threatens EPA action against San Francisco over homeless crisis

District 3 shows a 7-mile back up on the South bound Interstate 5 as it reopens to traffic in Maxwell in Colusa County Calif. The Trump administration is poised revoke California’s authority to set auto

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that the Environmental Protection Agency was withdrawing California's authority to issue stricter vehicle efficiency rules than the federal government.

Earlier in the day, US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson rejected requests from California for more money to fight homelessness, saying the Trump administration was already doing its part. "By the way, where is the Republican party right now?"

Trump's claim that his proposal would result in a cleaner environment is contrary to his own administration's estimate that by freezing economy standards US fuel consumption would increase by about 500,000 barrels per day, a 2% to 3% increase. A dozen states and the District of Columbia also follow California's fuel economy standards.

In a tweet, Trump said his move would result in less expensive and safer cars.

So far, none have publicly supported the revocation of California's authority.

"It's a awful situation that's in Los Angeles and in San Francisco", Mr. Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he returned to Washington.

"We can not afford to backslide in our battle against climate change", Becerra said. "We have to win this and I believe we will". "Strong clean vehicle standards give us healthier air to breathe, help protect us from the urgent threat of climate change and save Americans hundreds of dollars a year in gas expenses".

Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury said the Trump administration hopes to get a quick legal ruling and is confident of its legal authority. "I'm strongly in favour of a decentralised approach to these measures and I'm strongly against any reduction of that decentralisation", he told reporters. "That's more than twice as many people as any other state in the country".

The fight over highly technical emissions rules will play out in the political arena where the issues are more visceral. And making cars cheaper, which Trump lauds as a way to increase sales and "JOBS!"

Adriaens says that the changes are also likely to affect the vehicle companies' positions in the stock and capital markets, and possibly make it harder to sell more fuel-efficient cars.

Revoking California's waiver is the first salvo in an attempt to lower vehicle efficiency standards nationwide. Nichols said Trump's action threatened more asthma and more premature deaths from dirty air.

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Automakers are caught in the middle.

While anxious that California's electric vehicle mandates will be costly, global automakers have little choice but to develop battery electric cars and trucks because Europe and China are pushing ahead with rules requiring them.

"Every single one of these companies know where the consumer is going and where the world is going", he said.

Four of the largest automakers infuriated the president in July when they joined the California Air Resources Board in a deal to reduce carbon emissions at a far swifter rate than the Trump administration wants.

The White House declined to comment Tuesday, referring questions to EPA.

She added on Twitter: "The President is cutting clean air and clean water standards, restricting our ability to regulate auto emissions, and denying climate change even exists".

The Obama-era rules called for a fleetwide fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles (75 kilometres) per gallon by 2025, with average annual increases of about 5%, compared with 37 mpg by 2026 under the Trump administration's preferred option to freeze requirements.

California has set its own air pollution rules since the late 1960s.

Within weeks, the Trump administration is expected to publish a national federal rule that significantly weakens Obama-era standards for tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas fueling climate change.

The Trump plan's preferred option would increase U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 barrels per day by the 2030s but reduce car-makers regulatory costs by more than $300bn.

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