Trump tasks Pruitt, Chao to negotiate emissions standard with California: report

Trump tasks Pruitt, Chao to negotiate emissions standard with California: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE has reportedly tapped Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan Chao40 Trump-connected lobbyists secured over B in coronavirus relief for clients: report Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity MORE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 | Commerce Department led 'flawed process' on Sharpiegate, watchdog finds | EPA to end policy suspending pollution monitoring by end of summer Watchdog: EPA hasn't provided 'sufficient justification' for decision not to recover Pruitt travel spending OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change MORE to negotiate fuel economy standards with California.

Trump instructed his administration to sit down with California, which has maintained authority to set its own emissions rules, in order to explore achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation, The Associated Press reports.

Such a move would prevent two different standards that would require car makers to make two models of cars.

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Automakers met with Trump on Friday to discuss a draft proposal that would reportedly keep fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels for the next five years.

The EPA’s draft proposal would require that a fleet of new cars average about 30 miles per gallon and the standards wouldn't change until 2025, according to the AP.

The automakers at Friday's meeting reportedly said they do not necessarily support freezing requirements but want flexibility with the standards.

Californian agreed to the standards set under the Obama administration, which would have would have risen fuel efficiency standards to 36 miles per gallon by 2025.

According to the AP, if California splits from the federal standards being considered by the Trump administration, 12 other states — or 40 percent of all new-vehicle sales —  would follow California’s standards.