NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 23 that a federal court has blocked the Trump administration’s attempted delay of a rule updating penalties for automakers that fail to comply with federal fuel efficiency standards.
According to Schneiderman, the rule in question would save consumers an average of $1,650 and would reduce carbon emissions by 1.8 billion metric tons. The Trump administration has been trying to delay the implementation of the rule. In response, Schneiderman and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of five attorneys general in suing the administration.
“The fuel efficiency standards penalty rule is a common sense measure that would protect consumers’ pocketbooks while reducing the carbon emissions that harm our health and drive climate change,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “[This] court order is a big win for New Yorkers’ and all Americans’ health and the environment. As we’ve proven again and again, when the Trump administration puts special interests before public health and our environment, we’ll take them to court – and we will win.”