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News Posted on March 24, 2017

Professor Frank Comments for the Los Angeles Times on Trump and California Emission Standards

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 commented for the Los Angeles Times on the potential for the Trump administration to roll back California’s efforts to combat air pollution by limiting the state’s power to set emission standards that are more stringent than federal rules.

Frank said that such a move by the administration “would stunt and halt the tremendous progress we’ve made over the last 50 years.”

“It’s going to inhibit a transition to clean cars, all-electric cars and alternative-powered vehicles,” he said. “Basically, if the Trump initiative goes forward, it’s going to change the longstanding tradition in both Republican and Democratic administrations of the past to engage in technology-forcing regulations.”

Frank is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.