Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean-air standards. Can California stand in their way? – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sensing a kindred spirit in the White House, the auto industry is pressuring President Trump to roll back vehicle efficiency standards, which they imply are too stringent and could cost America jobs.

That’s the burden of a letter that went out last week to Trump from the heads of 18 auto manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. They asked him to reverse a ruling issued by the Environmental Protection Agency just before his inauguration that locked down fuel efficiency rules through 2025.  

They don’t say they want him to roll back the regulations, of course — just that they think the EPA should have taken more time to issue the ruling, which wasn’t due until April 2018.

“It was rushed through,” Wade Newton, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the industry’s lobbying arm, told me. “We’ve repeatedly called for putting the agreed-upon procedure back on track,” including the original deadline. But if you think the industry’s goal is eventually to have the EPA regulations confirmed, you don’t know your auto industry.

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