California fires back at EPA

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020

California officials sent a scathing response to Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s criticisms of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s electric car executive order in a letter last week that said the agency engaged in “baseless mistruths” and accused it of abdicating its responsibilities to humanity. Wheeler sent a letter last week hinting that EPA would not approve California’s plan following Newsom’s order that would ban the sale of cars that burn gasoline or diesel by 2035. Wheeler’s letter also mocked the state’s recent electric grid reliability issues.

California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeldand California Air Resources Chair Mary D. Nichols replied that Wheeler’s missive was politically motivated, and “continues an unprecedented series of attempts by the nation’s chief environmental steward designed to obstruct responsible actions to protect Californians. This is especially troubling given that California is in the middle of a climate emergency which would benefit from U.S. EPA’s assistance rather than political posturing.”

— In a statement to ME, EPA spokesperson James Hewitt fired back that the state’s letter is “not rooted in reality as they erroneously accuse EPA of not regulating greenhouse gases, when in fact we have finalized or proposed multiple rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions, including our ACE and SAFE rules.