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Car Firms Call on Donald Trump to Continue With Emission Limits

The Donald Trump administration had last year proposed to roll back fuel efficiency standards introduced under Barack Obama, sparking warnings of a legal fight with California which favours more aggressive environmental policies.

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Updated:June 7, 2019, 6:11 PM IST
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Car Firms Call on Donald Trump to Continue With Emission Limits
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Washington: More than a dozen car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have officially asked the United States President Donald Trump not to relax emission limits, to avoid a fragmentation of the car market, US media reported.

Trump's administration last year proposed to roll back fuel efficiency standards introduced under former President Barack Obama, sparking warnings of a legal fight with California and other states that favour more aggressive environmental policies.

In a letter sent to the White House and revealed by the New York Times on Thursday, the firms called for a compromise between the Trump administration -- looking to support the car industry by relaxing emission limits -- and the country's most populous state.

A move to water down controls could see California and more than a dozen of other states, take the matter to court. Manufacturers fear it would results in a divided and complicated US car market, in which companies would have trouble making decisions on pricing and what cars to sell.

It is a nightmare for the manufacturers who warned in the letter to the White House against "an extended period of litigation and instability."

When Trump became the president, manufacturers encouraged him to make emission limits, put in place by the Obama administration, less onerous.

Now they are concerned at the zeal shown by the White House to go about weakening them.

A similar letter was also sent to the Governor of California, also calling for a compromise. But the States and the White House are at each other's throats over a number of issues -- those touching on climate change and the environment in particular.

Discussions held between the two parties aimed at finding a common ground were halted in February by the White House.

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