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Thirteen States Will Challenge Trump on Vehicle Emissions

Top officials from 13 states said late Thursday that they will challenge any effort by the Trump administration to roll back vehicle emissions restrictions in court, according to Reuters.

In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and officials from states including Iowa, Massachusetts, and Oregon expressed strong disagreement with the administration's push to weaken fuel-efficiency and emissions standards.

"We write to express our strong disagreement with your contention that EPA's midterm evaluation process was legally flawed. If you seek to roll back these important standards, we intend to pursue appropriate legal action to defend them in court," the letter reads.

This warning follows a March 15th letter from California Governor Jerry Brown in which he vowed to maintain current emissions standards in the state. It also comes as a growing coalition of states, cities, and organizations oppose President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.