California unanimously votes to keep current emissions regs: another looming loss for Trump?

Last Friday was not a particularly good day for Donald Trump.

After campaigning for months on promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the president’s attempt to follow through on those vows stalled on Friday afternoon. Though Democrats were strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act, the bill’s failure has largely been attributed to irreconcilable differences within Trump’s own Republican party. 

But something else happened on Friday, something you might’ve missed due to all the healthcare headlines: the California Air Resources Board voted to maintain current emissions standards, which govern vehicles through the 2025 model year. 

That, in turn, could set the stage for another damaging showdown for Trump, not to mention the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

A brief recap

California has a reputation for prioritizing environmental concerns, and CARB is the embodiment of that stereotype.

For years, the agency lobbied the EPA for permission to

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