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Trump forces automakers to walk a fine line on fuel economy rules as Ford gets hammered

By rdm follow rdm   2019 Aug 22, 4:20pm 572 views   2 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

Trump is pissed because Ford won't bring out a coal powered Edsel. This is the crazy where car companies are better environmentalists than the POTUS. Where the Federal Government is trying to get us to drive fossil fueled cars with bad mileage and shitty technology. No question Trump AKA "the chosen one" is the worst president on all environmental related issues in my lifetime. I love the channeling of Henry Ford well known supporter of pre-war Nazi Germany.

DETROIT – Automakers are walking a fine line of business and politics when it comes to President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules.

In tweets Wednesday, Trump turned up the heat on auto companies, particularly Ford, for not supporting his plans. He called auto executives “foolish,” said the founders of Ford Motor and General Motors are “rolling over” at the “weakness of current car company executives.”

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Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators. Car companies should know....

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The attacks came after Ford, Honda Motor, BMW and Volkswagen reached a voluntary agreement last month with California on fuel economy standards. The deal included relaxed standards instead of a freeze to the Obama administration’s rules — something most major automakers have supported.

Trump’s attacks shine light on an ongoing dilemma of automakers wanting to satisfy the administration as they try to do what’s best for business. The industry has already invested billions in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions of new vehicles. That includes a litany of new all-electric, zero-emission vehicles that are in development and on U.S. roadways.

Abiding by California’s rules is good business for the automakers. The state accounts for about 12 percent of U.S. vehicle sales. Not selling there and other states that adhere to California’s regulations would be detrimental to business.

No major automakers has supported a freeze of the Obama-era standards, although many have supported a reevaluation of the rules to address current market conditions of lower gas prices, all-electric vehicles and increased sales of trucks and SUVs.

Ford, in response to Trump’s tweets, said it remains “proud to lead the way in taking the right actions for the environment while at the same time protecting consumer affordability and the short- and long-term health of the industry.”

1   FuckCCP89   ignore (6)   2019 Aug 22, 5:41pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag      

rdm says
Federal Government is trying to get us to drive fossil fueled cars with bad mileage and shitty technology.

Nobody is setting a ceiling on fuel economy: if customers want these 50mpg cars - Fed Govt is not stopping manufacturers from building them.
2   Expat01   ignore (2)   2019 Aug 23, 1:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Can America please just kill itself and let the world live in peace and some semblance of sanity?

If the Federal government does not set mileage and emissions standards, then the market will be open to the cheapest possible solution which might be a highly polluting import getting 10 mpg. It will be cheap and Americans, most of who can't do the math to calculate the extra fuel cost, will buy it.

If deregulation is so fucking awesome and the market works so well, why should we have drivers licenses, medical licenses, FDA controls on medication, or food inspections? Surely, if you buy cheap Chinese-made anti-biotics which kill your daughter, you will become a more aware consumer who can then choose some other brand (which might also be from China since there are no labeling requirements in this capitalist utopia).

Being a swarmy prick spouting right-wing platitudes is awesome on line. Not so useful in the real world.

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