California strikes back against Trump over vehicle air pollution rules

California struck back at the Trump administration over air pollution Tuesday, unveiling a proposal that would force automakers to comply with the state’s strict standards for tailpipe emissions even as the federal government moves to weaken the rules.

The proposal, released by the California Air Resources Board, sharpens the conflict between the state and President Donald Trump over greenhouse gas emissions, and attempts to reinforce the state’s ability to chart its own destiny in the fight against climate change.

Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a plan that loosens air-pollution rules — and challenges California’s unique authority under federal law to establish stricter standards for vehicles sold in the state.

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