Automakers Back Trump Administration During Emissions Standards Suits

Date: November 5, 2019

Last week, several automakers announced their decision to side with the White House in three different lawsuits that challenge the Trump Administration’s efforts to bar the state of California from setting their own fuel emissions standards.

The automakers that are taking the administration’s side include General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, and Kia Motors.

The automakers first made their stance known on Oct. 28, when they stated that they would side with the administration in a lawsuit filed by an environmental group with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The automakers then chose to take the administration’s side on Oct. 31 in two other lawsuits filed by California and 22 other states in the U.S. District Court in Washington.

California has automakers standing by their side as well. In July, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW agreed to a voluntary deal with the state to abide by their fuel emissions standards and chose not to intervene on the Trump administration’s side in the lawsuits. Automakers that are suing the administration include all members in the Association of Global Automakers, except for Honda, and the members of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, excluding Ford and its German auto makers.

“The decision to side with President Donald Trump brought thanks from the president on Wednesday and prompted a furious backlash from Democrats and environmentalists,” Reuters reported.

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