Trump Tells World’s Top Automakers to Build More Cars in U.S
by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas (Associated Press/Chicago Tribune) President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans to reduce gas mileage and pollution requirements enacted during the Obama administration.
Trump said in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House that he intended to discuss environmental controls, fuel efficiency standards and the “manufacturing of millions of more cars within the United States, for Michigan, for Ohio, for Pennsylvania” and states like South Carolina and North Carolina.
The auto industry wants to relax the fuel economy standards, but not so much that they provoke a legal fight with California, which has power to impose its own stricter tailpipe pollution limits. Such a fight could bring two mileage standards in the U.S., forcing automakers to engineer and produce two versions of each of their vehicle models, driving up costs.
Auto executives attending the meeting included Marchionne, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Bob Carter, executive vice president of North America for Toyota. READ MORE
Trump to carmakers: ‘Build more cars’ in the U.S. (Detroit News)
CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’ (Politico’s Morning Energy)
Trump wants negotiations with California on auto gas mileage (Associated Press)
The president has tasked Pruitt and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao with exploring negotiations with California on a single fuel economy standard, following a meeting with auto industry executives on Friday. The Associated Press reported this weekend that both Pruitt and Chao will handle the talks with California officials, according to two people briefed on the meeting. An administration official said the two agencies have had meetings and discussions with California officials on the issue for several months, and two auto industry trade groups confirmed that Trump was willing to talk with California officials. A move to revoke the state’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas emissions would set off a major legal battle with California — a thorn in Trump’s side for much of his tenure so far. During Friday’s meeting with automakers, sources told the AP one executive brought up how it would be better for the industry to have one standard instead of two, and Trump instructed Pruitt and Chao to go to California for talks. More here. READ MORE