Three companies support Trump in setting emission standardsOctober 29, 2019
The leadership of the American concern GM, the Italian-American concern FCA, as well as the Japanese brand Toyota support the decision of US President Donald Trump to introduce more stringent emissions standards at the federal level.
The current political “climate” in the US is a bit tense. By this we mean that different coalitions of the current government of the country strive for completely different things. Automakers have been at the center of these events: four companies have been the subject of a recent Ministry of Justice antitrust investigation into determining emissions. According to The New York Times, three other automakers took the opposite position – they believe that emissions should be measured differently.
It is reported that the American concern General Motors, the Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Japanese company Toyota sided with the administration of US President Donald Trump regarding the issue of determining standards for setting emission levels.
Earlier this year, Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen took an unusual step by concluding an agreement with the state government of California to more stringent standards than those proposed by the Trump administration. This provoked an angry response from the U.S. President, which ultimately led to the aforementioned antitrust investigation, not to mention the fact that the federal government abolished the powers of the state of California to set its own standards in accordance with the 1970 Clean Air Act.
These actions led to an almost immediate lawsuit against the government of almost half of the US states, including California. It is expected that this lawsuit will be submitted to the Supreme Court of the country in the very near future.
Since Ford, BMW, Honda, and VW are obviously tied to California rights, the move by GM, FCA, and Toyota to support federal jurisdiction actually leads to some kind of split in the automotive industry.
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