Every major automaker is competing with their version of the next generation of electric cars. Companies from Daimler to Nissan are placing a significant portion of their investments into electric cars. With an increased emphasis on sustainability, many see electric cars as the future of the industry.
At the same time they are lobbying the Trump Administration to loosen safety and environmental regulations. U.S. automakers have been working to achieve one of their cherished goals — rolling back emissions and mileage standards set by the Obama administration.
Trump announced that he would reverse the Obama decision, allowing mileage and emissions standards for 2017 to 2025 to be reconsidered over the next year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao hailed the move as a boon to the economy. “These standards are costly for automakers and the American people,” declared Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general and one of the best friends the oil industry ever had in government.
The standards at issue actually were set not by two agencies but three. It didn’t escape anyone’s notice that the third wasn’t present at Trump’s show. That’s because it’s the California Air Resources Board, which believes the auto standards are not only reasonable but crucial for preserving clean air and combating climate change.
With the advent of Trump, California is the only party to the standards that still takes them seriously.