California versus Trump. Auto Companies Take Sides.
California has long been at the forefront of the fight against air pollution for good reasons. California has had some of the worst air pollution in the nation. The primary source has been mobile sources - motor vehicles.
In its fight against vehicular pollution California set its own fuel economy requirements and has mandated zero emission requirements for vehicles. The Trump administration argues that only the federal government has the right to set fuel economy standards.
Initially some auto makers - Ford, Honda, and VW - sided with California. This morning it is being reported that GM, FCA, Toyota, and Hyundai are siding with Trump.
It has been argued that California's regulations go to far. And it has been argued that they do not go far enough. What I do know is that California has set its own emission standards and testing since the early 1970s. To now argue that they do not have the right to regulate emissions seems a folly to me.
To be honest I have to admit that I sat on the California Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee (IMRC) for almost a decade. The IMRC advised the legislature on the smog inspection program.
California has not always done a perfect job concerning air pollution and the smog inspection program. At the same time the state wants to impose stricter fuel economy standards and zero-emission vehicles it allows huge loop-holes in the smog inspection program.
Even though I am a hot-rodder at heart I side with clean air. I see flaws with zero-emission vehicles but at the same time I see their need. We may never meet the goal of all zero-emission vehicles but if we don't aim high we will not even come close.
You can read an Automotive News article on this subject at: https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/gm-toyota-fca-back-trump-calif-emissions-challenge?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=automotive%20news&utm_content=5814e563-2148-40ab-9ef9-a7e37ea83206