Ryan Beene and Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Government, Business

GM Pulls Support From Trump’s Battle With California on Emissions

GM CEO Mary Barra, left, attends the USMCA signing ceremony at the White House on Jan. 29. GM CEO Mary Barra, left, attends the USMCA signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Jan. 29. GM previously supported President Trump revoking California's ability to set tougher emissions standards. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. will withdraw from the legal battle between the Trump administration and California officials over the state’s authority to set automobile emissions rules, a major shift in the contentious fight that has fractured the industry.

November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump to Cut Back Obama-Era Emissions, Fuel Economy Requirements

A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration will dramatically relax automobile emissions and fuel economy standards so that only modest efficiency gains are required through 2026, according to people familiar with the matter.

March 30, 2020
Government, Business

Trump, Automakers Face New Pressure Not to Ease Mileage Rules

President Trump gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 22. President Trump gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 22. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

Environmentalists and consumer advocacy groups are castigating automakers for supporting the Trump administration’s effort to relax fuel economy standards, amid fresh warnings from a Democratic leader that the plan won’t deliver promised safety benefits and will raise costs for consumers.

January 23, 2020
Government

Trump Administration Dials Back Plan to Gut Auto Mileage Rules

President Trump speaks to the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. President Trump speaks at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Tuesday. His administration has decided to relax its auto mileage rules rollbacks. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

A draft of the final rule, now undergoing a final White House review, includes several changes that could make it easier to defend in court and more palatable to some automakers that had refused to publicly endorse the earlier proposal.

January 21, 2020