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Top Automakers Tell Trump That Rolling Back Obama's Environmental Policies Will Kill Jobs

Top Automakers Tell Trump That Rolling Back Obama's Environmental Policies Will Kill Jobs

If the world’s largest automakers think your efforts to weaken pollution standards have gone too far, then chances are they’ve gone too far.

According to The New York Times, some of the world’s top car makers told Donald Trump in a letter on Thursday that his plan to roll back Obama era pollution standards will hurt their businesses and could threaten jobs.

“We strongly believe the best path to preserve good auto jobs and keep new vehicles affordable for more Americans is a final rule supported by all parties — including California,” the automakers said in their letter, according to The Times.

The report notes that the letter “represents the most forceful statement to date by the auto industry against Mr. Trump’s effort to weaken the pollution rules, which were one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to fight climate change.”

The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump on Thursday that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.

In a letter signed by 17 companies including Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volvo, the automakers asked Mr. Trump to go back to the negotiating table on the planned rollback. It represents the most forceful statement to date by the auto industry against Mr. Trump’s effort to weaken the pollution rules, which were one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to fight climate change.

The pushback from the auto industry comes after the Trump administration announced a move last year to “freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars.”

As The Times reported in 2018, “The proposed new rules would also challenge the right of states, California in particular, to set their own, more stringent tailpipe pollution standards. That would set the stage for a legal clash that could ultimately split the nation’s auto market in two.”

Trump’s economic policies are a lose-lose

Trump will likely coast into the 2020 election hoping to take credit for the strong economy that Barack Obama and Joe Biden handed him in 2017 when he took office.

So far, voters have not bought into the president’s argument that he is responsible for economic growth, but they are seeing that the policies that do have Trump’s fingerprints on them – tariffs, trade wars and, in this case, environmental deregulation – will have disastrous consequences.

Those disastrous consequences will blanket parts of the country – the midwest, in particular – that Trump must win in 2020 if he wants a shot at re-election.

Ultimately, Donald Trump’s push to wage trade wars and implement deregulation policies won’t just wreak long-term havoc on the U.S. economy, but they could sink his presidential campaign.