White House Rejects Carmaker Plea to Revisit California Emissions Regulation

The White House is rejecting a bid from domestic and foreign automakers to restart talks with California over vehicle emissions regulations.

A group of 17 auto manufacturers sent a letter to President Donald Trump on June 6 warning that failing to reach a unified national standard could destabilize the industry and hamper investment. The carmakers — including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.’s U.S. subsidiary — made the plea less than a month after California’s top environmental regulator threatened to enact much tougher pollution rules.

White House spokesman Judd Deere, responding to the letter June 7, said the California Air Resource Board “failed to put forward a productive alternative, and we are moving forward to finalize a rule with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner and more affordable vehicles.”