MEDIA ADVISORY: Mary Nichols to explain why California Air Resources Board is not attending the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
LOS ANGELES – For the first time in more than 50 years the California Air Resources Board will not be attending the LA Auto Show. Each year, top CARB officials have taken a company-by-company tour led by the Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to see new vehicles and meet with company executives. This year CARB will not take that annual tour.
The decision not to attend the LA Auto Show is a direct response to the action taken last month by 15 automakers, including GM and Toyota, and the National Automobile Dealers Association, to side with the Trump administration in its effort to eviscerate California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to set its own vehicle emissions standards.
WHAT: CARB Chair Mary Nichols will hold a teleconference call to explain the reasons for the decision not to attend the LA Auto Show.
WHEN: November 20 at 9:00 a.m. PST
WHERE: 800-369-1709 / Code: “AUTO SHOW”
Nichols will also discuss the proposal by four forward-looking car manufacturers – Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW – that includes support for California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards. She will also discuss the recent decision by Tesla, Rivian and other supporters of advanced vehicle technology
to intervene in the lawsuit on the side of California.
By contrast, the car makers who have joined with Trump against California are, despite their statements explaining their rationale and in opposition to their claims of concern for the environment, on the side of building dirty cars that pump smog-forming and carbon pollution into the air.
Those companies include: Toyota, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Hyundai, Isuzu, KIA, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari, and McLaren.
CARB has compiled fact sheets on the waiver, and a full timeline of efforts by the Trump administration to revoke California’s authority.
This call is for accredited media only.