California Regulator Sees ‘Window’ for Deal on Fuel Economy Rules
by David Shepardson (Reuters) California is ready to work with major automakers on revisions to greenhouse gas emission vehicle rules through 2025 and sees a “window” for a deal in the coming months, the state’s top clean air regulator told Reuters on Monday.
Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols said in an interview on Monday that agreements with the federal government or automakers could be struck in the coming months as the state pursues its own changes to fuel economy standards through 2025. “If the car companies want to come and talk to us, they will,” Nichols said.
California’s effort could potentially putting pressure on the Trump administration to back a compromise instead of its own plans to rollback federal vehicle emissions rules.
“I feel like there is enough at stake here for the (auto) industry that we may be able to get the federal government to back off on the extreme proposals that they have made,” Nichols said.
California agreed to adopt the Obama administration’s fuel rules in 2011, but can insist automakers follow tougher rules if the Trump administration weakens requirements, Nichols said.
Nichols said California plans to propose changes to its rules through 2025 in mid-August and the state may propose ways to make it easier for automakers to comply.
Nichols said the state has been at “a bit of an impasse” with the Trump administration, which has not held substantive talks with California, she said. California and 16 other states in May filed suit to challenge the administration’s decision to reconsider the vehicle efficiency rules. READ MORE