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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE has reportedly tapped Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump administration takes step to relax truck driver time regulations New guidance on travel with service animals is a step forward, but more can be done The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps MORE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEnvironmentalists renew bid to overturn EPA policy barring scientists from advisory panels Six states sue EPA over pesticide tied to brain damage Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules 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.