Trump criticises automakers for failing to support repeal of fuel efficiency rules

Trump criticises automakers for failing to support repeal of fuel efficiency rules

United States President Donald Trump has criticised automakers for failing to support his administration’s plan to repeal fuel efficiency rules.

Mr Trump singled out Ford in particular for backing a deal with California for stricter fuel economy standards.

The President said company founder Henry Ford would be “very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators.”

Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen reached a voluntary agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules, increasing tension between the state and the Trump Administration over California’s right to set its own environmental standards.

Although the proposed Californian rules are looser than the Obama-era regulations, they remain stricter than what the President is proposing.

Ford defended its position by stating that it is focused on achieving a balance between protecting the environment and ensuring vehicles remain affordable.

“This agreement with California provides regulatory stability while reducing CO2 more than complying with two different standards,” it said.

Californian Attorney-General Xavier Becerra defended the automakers, saying that the White House’s plan would result in an additional 540 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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