U.S. TO REVIEW FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
Trump assures ‘assault on American auto industry is over’
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
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.