SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the statement below following the United States EPA’s reinstatement of California’s Clean Air Act waiver. The move addresses the previous administration’s baseless attack on a critical program based on California’s decades of experience setting legally authorized emissions standards. Through today’s action, California can continue its groundbreaking leadership in building a clean transportation future as momentum for the zero-emission vehicle transition grows across the country and the world.
“I thank the Biden administration for righting the reckless wrongs of the Trump administration and acknowledging our decades-old authority to protect Californians and our planet,” Governor Newsom said. “Restoring our state’s exemption from the Clean Air Act is a major victory for the environment, our economy, and the health of families across the country that comes at a pivotal time underscoring the need to end our dependence on fossil fuels. California is eager to partner with the Biden administration to make a zero-emissions future a reality for all Americans.
California will continue to set the pace with innovative policies and partnerships with states that have chosen to adopt its pioneering standards and move us away from fossil fuels. Governor Newsom has advanced bold investments to accelerate the state’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) goals, including the $10 billion ZEV package proposed by the California Blueprint, which will create good jobs, boost the innovation and will help purify the air. Coupled with the $5 billion investment in ZEV charging provided by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, these historic investments will help make ZEVs more affordable and convenient for all Californians, while building infrastructure transportation and clean charging stations, especially in low-income communities.
California is committed to providing immediate assistance to help California workers cope with the realities of now with rising gas prices around the world. Governor Newsom proposed in January to suspend the gas tax increase and, during his State of the State address, announced that the administration was developing a tax refund proposal to put money straight into the pockets of Californians.