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California to Stop Buying Vehicles from Automakers That Backed Trump in Emissions Battle

California has announced plans to cease buying vehicles from automakers that backed President Trump through the state’s battle over whether or not it could possibly set tougher emissions standards.

The California Department of General Services issued a statement Friday saying the state plans to end purchases from automakers that haven’t dedicated to following California’s tailpipe emission regulations, including General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, by January. General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler have taken the president’s aspect as he loosens Obama-era restrictions on tailpipe emissions and takes steps to stop California from having its own regulations.

The state purchased $58.6 million value of vehicles from General Motors, $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler, and $10.6 million from Toyota between 2016 and 2018, according to Reuters. California buys between 2,000 and 3,000 vehicles a year, The New York Times reported.

California will now get hold of vehicles from Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW, the four automakers which have dedicated to following the state’s regulations. The Department of Justice issued subpoenas in opposition to these four automakers earlier this month, saying in the event that they coordinated, they might violate antitrust laws.

Trump and California have gone head-to-head within the emissions battle, with the administration originally proposing in 2018 a rollback anticipated to extend petroleum consumption by 500,000 barrels a day.  The administration has since walked back its proposal to unravel the Obama-period rules and is now contemplating mandating a 1.5 % improvement in fuel efficiency. Thirteen states have adopted California’s emissions standards, and 22 states have joined California in a lawsuit in opposition to the Environmental Safety Agency objecting to the president’s restrictions on California’s authority over tailpipe emissions within the state.

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