Professor Sean Hecht spoke with The Sacramento Bee on why California is fighting for tough vehicle emissions standards. “Judges have presumed California is authorized to make its own rules unless there's a good reason to change policy. The federal government can't just deny the state's rights,” said Hecht. "We have a history of the auto industry declaring how difficult it is to comply with regulations. Inevitably, it costs less than they say and they're capable of making changes. These standards drive innovation in the industry. When you have stricter standards, automakers find a way."