Trump takes aim at automakers that ignored his emissions proposal

Trump takes aim at automakers that ignored his emissions proposal

Trump takes aim at automakers that ignored his emissions proposal

The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Donald Trump's auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side.

President Trump has said rolling back Obama-era rules governing vehicle pollution standards would help major automakers keep their auto prices down for consumers.

The goal of the automakers, which account for about 30 percent of new vehicle sales in the United States, is to have clarity over several years on Carbon dioxide standards in the USA market, as a legal battle looms between Trump's administration and states such as California that want to keep ambitious goals set by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. Thirteen states have joined California in pledging to move toward that stricter standard.

"Together, the six manufacturers who so far plan not to adhere to the new Trump rules account for more than 40% of all cars sold in the United States", the Times journalists wrote. The deal permits automakers' electric vehicle sales to earn them credits toward the overall goals.

The Trump administration instead recommended capping mileage requirements at a 37-mile-per-gallon fleet average after 2020, and revoking California's authority to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, which it's done in coordination with Washington for several years.

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"This was a big blow to the Trump administration that we were able to accomplish, and I don't think they saw it coming", Newsom said Tuesday after delivering a speech at an environmental summit, the Chronicle's Alexei Koseff reported.

The White House has urged other automakers not to back the California agreement, while Democrats have been calling and writing automakers urging them to sign on with California, Reuters reported. Very little impact on the environment!

GM said late yesterday that the company is "continuously improving fuel economy" and is focused on "working with all parties on a solution that would involve a 50-state solution and a national electric vehicle programme". "Trump's rollback is unraveling from every corner", he said. There is nothing in the administration's proposed revisions that would result in engines running more smoothly.

Sources tell the Times that Mercedes-Benz is also expected to agree to meeting the state's emissions rules, but the automaker hasn't yet confirmed that it will do so.

The administration says the increased fuel use would hike the average global temperature by 3/1000th of one degree Celsius by 2100, but would save thousands of lives over the next 30 years - in part because consumers would more quickly buy safer, cheaper vehicles.

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