GM Pulls Support From Trump’s Attack on California’s Auto Powers

Marco Green
November 24, 2020

Nichols called GM's announcement good news.

Toyota said in a statement Monday that the company has "long supported year-over-year improvements in fuel economy standards" that provide climate and national energy security benefits but it had backed the Trump administration plan "knowing there was a preponderance of other automakers" aligned.

California and 22 other states and environmental groups challenged the Trump administration's determination that federal law bars California from setting stiff tailpipe emission standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates. "It's been a while since we had talked". Earlier in the day, the stock hit $45.16, its highest level in more than two years. Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign that advocates cleaner transportation policies, said GM had been wrong in trying "to prevent California from protecting its people from tailpipe pollution".

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While White House has not come out with a statement, Biden is learnt to have welcomed GM's latest decision and termed it "encouraging" for the economy, planet and success of USA auto workers. With Biden knocking on the White House doors, a big change in position is likely. Unsurprisingly, GM now says forget about the whole Trump thing. In 2019, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, along with ten other automakers, created a group called the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation, which sided with the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's right to set its own clean-air standards. I'm emailing them and will update this post if I hear back.

Auto makers in the coalition have been backing a single U.S. standard for emissions and that multiple standards drive up costs for consumers.

In a statement, the company said it has supported year-over-year increases in fuel economy standards, and it joined the coalition because most other automakers agreed there should be a single US standard.

Toyota said Monday that "given the changing circumstances, we are assessing the situation, but remain committed to our goal of a consistent, unitary set of fuel economy standards applicable in all 50 states".

In September, California Governor Newsom said the state planned to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 in a bold move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The decision is a significant reversal by the largest USA automaker after it supported the Trump administration's legal defense of a 2019 federal rule revoking California's authority to set tougher tailpipe greenhouse gas requirements than the federal government.

The move came after Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen signed a deal with the California Air Resources Board, which had been at odds with the Trump administration for months.

The Trump administration in March finalized a rollback of fuel efficiency standards to require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026, well below the 5% yearly boosts in Obama administration rules it discarded.

Under the Obama requirements, the fleet of new vehicles would have to average 30 mpg in real-world driving by 2021, rising to 36 mpg in 2025.

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