The Role of California in Fighting Climate Change in America

Climate Change

While the Trump administration is busy implementing climate control policies, the effects can only be felt in Washington as states like California have implemented their dynamic control regulations. People like Mary D. Nichols are continuing with efforts to mitigate climate change despite Washington’s denial that climate change does not exist. Mrs. Nichols says that there is no way the Trump administration will get in her way. At the moment, Mary Nichols serves with the California Air Resources Board as the chairwoman. She is regarded as the de facto enforcer of the biggest step that has ever been taken by any administration in fighting climate change. She is the woman who designed the standards that were adopted by the Obama administration in cutting the emissions of the 190 million cars in America at that time. She argues that these vehicles combined have the ability of emitting more harmful gases than the one produced by power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency last month was requested to review these measures by major automakers in the United States. This move is seen as a way of loosening these targets. During the initial report, the EPA suggested that these companies should double light cars and fuel economy cars by the end of 2025.

At the moment, there are several reasons why California has the unique authority that allows it to write its rules on pollution. This has been made possible by the state’s regulatory defiance, legal precedent and a peculiar confluence of history. Mrs. Nichols says that the state is standing firm and they are ready to sue. During an interview, she said that the State of California was prepared to do what it takes. However, there are things that are at stake in the dispute between Sacramento and Washington. The plan by the Obama administration estimated that they would do away with six billion metric tons of greenhouse gas at the end of the project. Also, the project would save taxpayers together with consumers approximately $1 trillion while pumping their cars. The current administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruit said that he didn’t see the need to revoke the waiver for the state of California that gives the state mandate to set emission limits and standards. As a result, this decision will likely land the issue to court. No automaker, however, has expressed the desire to sue the state of California. California currently makes emission standards that are used in 12 states.