Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a statement today on the Trump administration's plans to gut clean car emission standards.
“The Trump administration wants to roll back clean car emission standards that have contributed to healthier people, cleaner air and lower gas costs.
“Tailpipe emissions are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases. The reckless actions of this administration threaten the health and safety of our residents, jeopardize progress in the fight against climate change, and will result in higher costs and dirtier skies.
“Emission standards have a proven benefit for everyone, and gutting them will create significant health risks and place an unfair burden on those who breathe air pollution and cannot afford to move away from it.
“We will not stand idly by while this administration attempts to dismantle these critical protections in our fight against climate change. The State of Washington will take all necessary action to preserve our rights to regulate emissions.
“This action goes beyond negligence and failure to protect our environment. It is an outright assault on our state’s ability to protect the people of Washington from the devastating effects of climate change and pollution. We are prepared to go to court to stop this illegal action.”