Finley: Trump signals Motor City is a pariah no more

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Automakers were right to cry foul over the Environmental Protection Agency failing to collaborate with them and expediting a review of requirements for the companies to boost the fuel economy of their fleets to an average of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025, a senior White House official said.

Wednesday, however, is expected to be the beginning of the policy's long unspooling, which will involve more than a year of regulatory review from both the EPA and the Department of Transportation, The New York Times reports. The Los Angeles Times sees the possibility of a "legal brawl" between the state and the White House over the standards.

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne are confirmed to be attending the president's event. Fields did not provide the source of that figure.

But he and administration officials said the order was created to appease the auto industry and support its employees.

Trump agrees, and says his new regulations will help both vehicle companies, and the workers.

Auto industry CEOs wrote Trump a letter in February that asked him to reinstate the April 2018 finalization schedule. "By rejecting the EPA's final determination now, its new Administrator is signaling the agency plans to weaken the standards instead".

It is no secret that several automakers have contacted the Trump administration after the inauguration ceremony, and those companies requested that the rules get reviewed and possibly changed before they come into effect.

Reopening the review of federal fuel efficiency standards isn't about a return to the gas-guzzlers Detroit was once known for.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, said Wednesday that neither he nor the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, have seen any evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump a year ago and want the Justice Department to respond to their requests for information by March 20.

At the meeting today, Trump said that he is open to relaxing the fuel consumption restrictions if it shows that they could make more "great cars" and "save jobs". Pruitt has always been critical of the EPA and has been an outspoken critic of man-made climate change. Politico characterizes the Trump move as "yet another strike at his predecessor's energy and climate agenda", noting that the EPA plans to ease rules on carbon emissions at power plants in the coming days.

For environmentalists, all of these things paint a gruesome picture.

Vera Pardee of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity said that the president was suffering from "another kind of road rage". "There was a lot of data that was submitted, and I think it is fair to say the Obama EPA just ignored it". "We'll bring citizen suits against the worst polluters to protect our communities".

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