Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

By Jeremy Del Nero on 25 July 2019
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Four major automakers agreed to voluntarily meet stricter California emissions standards than those that were proposed earlier this year by the Trump administration.

The four – BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen – said they will comply with California’s new standards in a move to show support for a single, nationwide standard that doesn’t increase tailpipe emissions.

“A 50-state solution has always been our preferred path forward and we understand that any deal involves compromise,” the four said in a joint statement. “These terms will provide our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet.”

The Trump administration came out against the move.

“The federal government, not a single state, should set this standard,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere in a statement. “We are moving forward to finalize a rule for the benefit of all Americans.”

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