U.S. TO RE­VIEW FUEL EF­FI­CIENCY STAN­DARDS

Trump as­sures ‘as­sault on Amer­i­can auto in­dus­try is over’

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DETROIT Amer­i­cans in re­turn.

Trump’s event was at­tended by around 1,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive ex­ec­u­tives, United Auto Work­ers union Pres­i­dent Den­nis Wil­liams — who sat next to Trump — and work­ers from Detroit’s “Big Three” car­mak­ers: Gen­eral Mo­tors Co, Ford Mo­tor Co and Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles NV.

Re­open­ing the fuel ef­fi­ciency rules put in place by for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama days be­fore he left of­fice is one of the top items on the in­dus­try’s agenda.

Car­mak­ers, through their lob­by­ing groups, have said the Obama rules were too ex­pen­sive and could cost Amer­i­can jobs.

Crit­ics like Demo­cratic Sen­a­tor Ed­ward Markey said Trump’s move could hurt con­sumers.

“Fill­ing up their cars and trucks is the en­ergy bill Amer­i­cans pay most of­ten, but Trump’s roll­back of fuel econ­omy emis­sions stan­dards means fam­i­lies will end up pay­ing more at the pump,” said Markey.

A group of 10 state at­tor­neysgen­eral, led by Cal­i­for­nia and New York, said on Wed­nes­day they would fight at­tempts to weaken the rules.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s rules, ne­go­ti­ated with car­mak­ers in 2012, were aimed at dou­bling av­er­age fleetwide fuel ef­fi­ciency to 23km per litre by 2025. Bloomberg

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United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has pledged to ‘set up a task force in ev­ery fed­eral agency to iden­tify and re­move any reg­u­la­tion that un­der­mines Amer­i­can auto pro­duc­tion’ as part of his ‘Buy Amer­i­can-Hire Amer­i­can’ cam­paign.

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