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CARB, EPA on Track for Emission Showdown

Clash begins with reopening of EPA review.

by on Mar.17, 2017

New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering eliminating California's special exemption to following federal emissions rules.

It appears that the State of California and the Trump Administration are on a collision course and the point of impact may be the oft-debated emissions rules that are now up for debate.

Led by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Golden State is moving ahead with more stringent car pollution rules for 2022-2025, which were approved by Obama administration just before the Trump camp took over in January.

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California regulators are expected to finalize the rules at a meeting next week. However, the federal rules are expected to be eased. Trump announced the review of the corporate average fuel economy standards as well as the emissions standards will be reopened, much to the delight of automakers. (more…)

Trump Reopens CAFE Review

Hailed by automakers, scorned by environmentalists, announcement may have little practical impact on auto industry plans.

by on Mar.15, 2017

“My administration will work tirelessly to eliminate the industry-killing regulations,” Trump said in Detroit.

Declaring his goal of making Detroit “the car capital of the world again,” Pres. Donald Trump came to the Motor City on Wednesday bearing what could be a major gift for the domestic carmakers – but one that quickly raised concerns among environmentalists.

The business-cum-politician said he was ordering the EPA to reopen a mid-term review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards that would require the industry to deliver a fleet average of at least 54.5 mpg by 2025. Many – though not all – manufacturers have warned they cannot meet that target without raising vehicle prices beyond what consumers could afford, something Ford CEO Mark Fields in January told the president could cost 1 million automotive jobs.

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The announcement that the government would review both the mileage target and timing was actually less of a radical development than many had expected, some industry observers questioning whether the new administration might slash the numbers immediately or, perhaps, repeal CAFE entirely as part of Trump’s promise to reduce government regulations. (more…)

Trump Signs Off on Review of CAFE Standards

While most makers cheer, Nissan-Renault, Honda offer indifference to move.

by on Mar.15, 2017

President Donald Trump acceded to the wishes of U.S. automakers, agreeing to re-open the review of looming CAFE standards for 2025.

As a first step to rolling back federal fuel economy standards, which are set to reach 54.4 miles per gallon by 2025, the Trump administration has agreed to re-open the review of the standards laid out by the Obama administration in January.

The review was immediately hailed by the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, which includes the BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo Car USA with Honda and Nissan-Renault being the notable exceptions.

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“We applaud the Administration’s decision to reinstate the data-driven review of the 2022-2025 standards. By restarting this review, analysis rather than politics will produce a final decision consistent with the process we all agreed to under ‘One National Program’ for GHG and fuel economy standards,” the Alliance said in statement. (more…)

Trump Coming to Detroit Bearing Regulatory Gifts

President likely to announce plans to rollback fuel-economy standards.

by on Mar.14, 2017

President Donald Trump, center, met with the CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to discuss a variety of issues, including fuel economy rules.

President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Detroit area Wednesday and is expected to come bearing gifts for the Motor City’s automakers in the form of lower fuel-economy standards.

The move comes as automakers have been lobbying the new administration to roll back the tougher corporate average fuel economy standards set down by Obama administration just prior to Trump’s inauguration in January.

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The plan has not been confirmed officially by the Trump White House. However, the President and his selection to head the Environmental Protection, Scott Pruitt, have zeroed in fuel-economy regulations, saying they need to be revised. (more…)

Mexico Trade Chief Says NAFTA Redo Must Benefit All

Ildefonso Guajardo spoke to the Detroit Economic Club.

by on Mar.06, 2017

Mexico's top trade official Ildefonso Guajardo told the Detroit Economic Club that any renegotiation of NAFTA must benefit all the parties.

The North American Free Trade Agreement should be revised, but only if all three signatories to the treaty benefit, Mexico’s top trade negotiator said in a speech in Detroit.

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, told the Detroit Economic Club that NAFTA is 23 years old and said revisions could benefit Canada and Mexico as well as the U.S. However, he rejected the notion that the revisions should only help the U.S. as President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested in comments on NAFTA.

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“It is not very wise to sit down with the skewed view there has been only one winner. We were all winners,” he said.  (more…)

GOP Flustered by Trump Administration on Trade Issues

President's ambiguity on agricultural issues causing problems.

by on Feb.21, 2017

President Donald Trump's "border tax" plan is getting a lukewarm reception from the Republican Party.

Republican concerns about Trump administration policies on trade and trade agreements continue to expand, according to The Hill, a political website that monitors Congress.

Trump’s “border tax,” which is part of what the President has described as an effort to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., has been meet coolly in the GOP controlled Senate even though it has been blessed by House Speaker Paul Ryan who sees it as a way to offset the revenue loss that follow a sweeping tax reform package Trump is also promising to deliver.

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However, with the price of wheat, corn and soybeans falling, trade is also quickly emerging as a major issue for Republican lawmakers, who are increasingly worried about Trump’s promises to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and his decision to scuttle the Trans Pacific Partnership. (more…)

Hoping to Organize Southern Car Plants, UAW Adopts Pro-Trump Stance

Union backed Clinton in 2016, but now supports president’s “Buy American” campaign.

by on Feb.17, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union supports President Donald Trump's message of "Buy American."

Politics can make for strange bedfellows. So can union organizing drives.

Traditionally a stalwart force for the Democratic Party, and a major backer of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign last year, the United Auto Workers Union has done something of an about face. At a Thursday news conference in Detroit, UAW boss Dennis Williams offered praise for President Trump – the president’s criticism of Mexican auto production, in particular – and said the union is ready to launch a new “Buy American” ad campaign.

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The union’s position is not entirely surprising. In fact, it reflects the reason why many members reportedly voted for Trump last November. But the shift at UAW headquarters also comes as the union amps up its efforts to organize workers at a number of non-union auto plants, most of them in the South, where organized labor has seldom been welcome – and where candidate Trump far outpolled his Democratic rival for president. (more…)

Republicans Working to Kill Trump’s Proposed Import Tax

Many believe it will raise prices and eliminate jobs.

by on Feb.15, 2017

President Trump's proposed tax on goods coming into the U.S., particularly cars and trucks, may get squashed by Congressional Republicans.

Republican Senators are growing increasingly cool to the idea of imposing a “border tax” on goods, including cars and trucks, exported to the U.S. from other countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

According to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newsletter and website, House Speaker Paul Ryan has met with Republican senators to neutralize the growing opposition to a core element of a tax plan cobbled together by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who hope to advance President Donald Trump’s agenda.

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A 20% across-the-board tax on imports, also known as border adjustment, has become part of Trump’s plans to push companies to do more manufacturing in the U.S. Trump has threatened various auto makers, including General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota, with the border tax because they now build vehicles in Mexico. (more…)

Talks to Renegotiate NAFTA Likely to Start in May

Officials expect long, arduous process that may take years.

by on Feb.02, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump's opposition to NAFTA could have unexpected consequences.

Key officials in the government of Mexico say they expect to kick off formal talks on changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, beginning in May, following a 90-day consultation with the private sector companies from both sides of the U.S. Mexican border.

The NAFTA talks, however, could have already been scrambled by the release of transcript in which President Donald Trump apparently warned Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that he was prepared to use U.S. military forces to find “bad hombres” in Mexico.

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President Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by the Associated Press. (more…)

Even Ride-Sharing Battle Takes Unexpected Political Turn

Lyft donates $1 mil to ACLU; Uber takes heat on several fronts.

by on Jan.30, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may be in hot water with Trump supporters and opponents after this weekend.

In a surprisingly contentious week in the United States, capped by nationwide protests over the U.S. immigration and travel ban, even business has taken on an unexpectedly political tone. That includes the fast-emerging ride-sharing business.

Uber and its and CEO Travis Kalanick took criticism from some Trump opponents after the ride-sharing company’s founder agreed to serve on the new president’s economic advisory council. But the heat was turned up after some accused the San Francisco company of trying to take advantage of a boycott of New York’s JFK Airport by competing taxi drivers. Chief rival Lyft, meanwhile, is stirring things up among Pres. Trump’s supporters for its weekend donation of $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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The line between the two companies is not as distinct as it might seem, however. But, if anything, Uber could find itself in hot water with both the president’s critics, as well as his supporters. (more…)