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President Trump's expected roll back of fuel-economy requirements could pit California against the EPA

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 1:  Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California. President Barack Obama will attend the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen next week with a vow to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. Meanwhile, California, which has some of the toughest clean air laws after decades of fighting some of the worst smog in the nation, is in the final phase of building a cap-and-trade market to provide incentives to reduce greenhouse emissions.  More than 60 world leaders are expected to take part in the climate negotiations in Copenhagen.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California.

Another change is coming from the Trump Administration. And this time, it’s impacting two issues near and dear to Californians--the environment and our cars.

Another change is coming from the Trump Administration. And this time, it’s impacting two issues near and dear to Californians - the environment and our cars.

The Associated Pressreported Wednesday that the Trump Administration is planning to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements implemented under Obama.

A requirement enacted in January puts a 36 mile per gallon average on new cars. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was asked by automakers to throw that standard out. But California has a waiver which allows it to enforce fuel efficiency standards, and the roll back could spark a legal battle for the state to keep its requirements. So what chance does the EPA have of moving forward?

Guests:

Emily Guerin, KPCC environment reporter; she’s been following the story

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his focus includes energy and  environmental policy

Ann Carlson, co-director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; she is also a Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at UCLA

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