Trump to auto CEOs: 'Build modern plants like you've built in Mexico'

16 March, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Ora Austin
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The Trump administration is expected to announce a review of fuel economy and emissions regulations Wednesday morning that could lead to an overhaul of the standards set in place by the Obama administration. "I don't think the auto companies are united in what they want".

The president said that he was taking several steps to boost the US automotive industry and other manufacturing industries, including making it more hard for foreign auto companies to dump products in the USA while keeping American-made cars out of their countries.

It was Alexander Hamilton who, while writing the U.S. Constitution in 1787, stated that every President "ought to be personally responsible for his behavior". The EPA wanted to short-circuit the two-year review it had agreed to, but Trump's announcement Thursday at the American Center for Mobility autonomous-vehicle test site in Willow Run restarts the review, which was originally scheduled to run through April 1, 2018.

Trump said he had kept his promise to withdraw the US from the TPP, an agreement that former President Barack Obama pursued with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Trump's overruling of an attempt by Barack Obama's government, a week before his departure from the White House, to solidify the regulations marks a victory for carmakers.

But Mr Trump asked Congress to examine the allegation as part of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's election. The standards - requiring new cars and light trucks to get an average of 36 miles per gallon, up from 26 today - would remain unchanged.

Trump's rolling back of fuel efficiency standards is set to be followed by further actions to dismantle climate policies enacted by Obama.

The new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt added that "these standards are costly for automakers and the American people". He promised a "thorough review" that will "help ensure this national program is good for consumers and good for the environment".

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Automakers want to put the process back on track without pre-determining an outcome, using current data and "checking prior assumptions against new market realities", Bainwol said.

Automakers argue that the gas-mileage targets make it too expensive for the industry to produce more high-mileage cars given the consumer preference to purchase larger vehicles that are less fuel-efficient. Electric vehicle innovator Tesla pushed for more stringent standards.

Despite repeated requests, the White House has not provided any evidence to support this claim.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - which represents a dozen major vehicle manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota - praised Trump's action.

The Auto Alliance, which represents BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, Toyota, and others, has been vocal about resisting the rules.

"Soon, now, already happened", he said.

The event will likely be accompanied by predictable language: Trump will be "highlighting the need to eliminate burdensome regulations that needlessly hinder meaningful job growth", in the words of beleaguered White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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