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“Defying Trump, 4 Automakers Lock In a Deal on Greenhouse Gas Pollution”

“The four — Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen — sealed a binding agreement with California to follow the state’s stricter tailpipe emissions rules.”

“WASHINGTON — California on Monday finalized a legal settlement with four of the world’s largest automakers that binds them to comply with its stringent state-level fuel efficiency standards that would cut down on climate-warming tailpipe emissions.

Monday’s agreement adds legal teeth to a deal that California and the companies outlined in principle last summer, and it comes as a rejection of President Trump’s new, looser federal rules on fuel economy, which would allow more pollution into the atmosphere.

Mr. Trump was blindsided last summer when the companies — Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen — announced that they had reached a secret deal with California to comply with that state’s standards, even as the Trump administration was working to roll back Obama-era rules on fuel economy.”

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times August 17, 2020.


“California Finalizes Fuel Efficiency Deal With Five Automakers, Undercutting Trump” (The Hill)

“Defying Trump, California Locks In Vehicle Emission Deals With Major Automakers” (Reuters)