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Biden Reverses Trump Crackdown on California Car Pollution Rules

  • EPA issues waiver reinstating California emissions standards
  • Biden is under pressure to bar the sale of combustion engines

The Biden administration is reinstating California’s authority to impose its own pollution limits on cars -- empowering the state to pursue progressive climate policies, including an eventual ban on gasoline-powered automobiles.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued a waiver that effectively reauthorizes California’s limits on greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes as well as its requirement that a share of in-state vehicle sales be zero-emission models. The agency also is withdrawing a Trump-era policy that blocked other states from adopting California’s requirements.