Governors from 23 states said in a joint statement released Tuesday that they were backing California's challenge of the Trump administration's plan to lower vehicle mileage standards. The states are urging the Trump administration to put out rules that require efficiency improvements every year and are consistent nationwide. The administration proposed rules in 2018 that would freeze the tougher mileage standards of former President Barack Obama's administration. The Trump administration says Americans want bigger SUVs and pickups that consume more fuel. The governors called for keeping the pre-Trump goals. "We will not compromise on our responsibility to protect the health of our communities, our climate, and the savings consumers stand to gain at the pump," the governors said in the pledge.

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