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Rutledge Submits Coalition Letter Against Allowing California to Determine Federal Fuel Economy Standards For Arkansas

October 30, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced six state attorneys general submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting President Donald J. Trump's proposal to improve the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

“Once again, another state is trying to dictate more stringent fuel economy standards for Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “California has made no secret it is trying to establish a nationwide carbon emissions policy. I will not stand idly by as other states try to impose their unfounded policies on Arkansans, and I urge the USDOT and the EPA to move forward with President Trump’s proposed improvements to CAFE.”

President Trump’s proposal would improve—and bring national harmony—to CAFE standards. It is currently impossible to achieve uniform standards under federal policy, and one state should not be permitted to dictate more stringent standards than voters in other states believe is reasonable.

Arkansas has signed on to a letter with fellow Attorneys General led by Texas and signed by Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

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