Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump to Make 'Very Big' Announcement About Car Industry Next Week

Trump to Make 'Very Big' Announcement About Car Industry Next Week

Those standards call for a real-world fuel-burning performance of 36 miles per gallon on average, up from 26 mpg today.

According to Schneiderman, the EPA itself determined that the fuel standards the agency set for 2022-2025 model cars under the Obama administration "are readily achievable by the auto industry".

"We're going to use the full economic powers of our country to protect our workers and to protect our jobs", Trump said following a meeting with members of his Cabinet; executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler; and union leaders.

Supporters of the emissions standards have warned the Trump administration against undoing the rules.

California, long a Democratic and environment-friendly state, filed a motion to block a lawsuit brought by automakers that are seeking to challenge the current EPA requirements.

Thirteen other states have adopted California rules that account for about 40 percent of US vehicle sales.

California has made a lot of noise about being the front line of resistance to President Trump, but mostly it's just blather.

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There is the possibility that these changes won't result in as many job losses as feared. The two pages of Trump's Form 1040 obtained by New York Times journalist David Cay Johnston and released on MSNBC, showed Trumppaid $38 million in federal income tax in 2005.

A rollback of those rules would have major ramifications for automakers, who for the last several years were under government pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars. Despite their complaints, automakers have achieved mandated improvements in fuel efficiency in the past, and some vehicles meet the 2025 target already.

But the Trump administration contends the new review is no big deal.

Auto industry CEOs wrote Trump a letter in February that asked him to reinstate the April 2018 finalization schedule. The rules were affirmed in the waning days of the Obama administration as part of a broader effort to control greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Trump also wants to renegotiate NAFTA, which includes Canada and Mexico, but he did not mention those plans in Wednesday's remarks.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey of MA said Trump's move will lead to needless uncertainty for the auto industry.

A senior White House official said Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency ignored "a voluminous record of data" when it determined earlier this year that the regulations were appropriate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity at a White House briefing in order to outline the action, despite the president's criticism of the use of unnamed sources. Auto companies, like all other companies, are in business to make a profit - so if they can get away with cutting costs, they will in order to be competitive in their industry.

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