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18 States Fight Conservative Think Tank Effort To Freeze Fuel Standards

“A coalition of 18 states is pushing to intervene in a lawsuit from a conservative group challenging the Trump administration’s plans to drastically reduce fuel economy standards.

The suit from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed earlier this month argues the administration erred in requiring automakers to increase fuel economy by 1.5 percent each year instead of freezing or reducing the standards even further.

“We’ll go to the mat to defend our nation's Clean Car Standards against any illegal dismantling by the Trump Administration, including this latest unfounded lawsuit by its transparent allies,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a release. “

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill May 29, 2020.