Gov. Jerry Brown, flanked by his attorney general and air quality chief, issued another demand on Friday that the Trump administration abandon its plan to freeze auto emission standards and revoke California's right to set its own rules.
"It's important to shout it out," said state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, raising his voice against the backdrop of Interstate 5 in Sacramento, "that this is high-stakes poker."
Calling President Donald Trump a "one-man demolition derby," Brown told reporters that the future is in electric vehicles, a development race the U.S. risks losing if the Trump proposal goes through.
"This Trump administration attack on innovative technology jeopardizes the health of millions," shouted Brown, as 18-wheelers roared past, spewing diesel exhaust.
State officials, along with attorneys general from 20 other states, also released their 415 pages of comments on the proposal, which Trump appointees have dubbed the SAFE Rule, for Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, calling it "riddled with errors and based on faulty assumptions, incorrect modeling, cherry-picked data and a fundamental misunderstanding of consumer behavior."