Donald Trump Attacks Automakers For Not Supporting Emissions Rollback

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a series of attacks on car makers for not supporting his administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules, singling out Ford in particular for reaching an agreement with California on the matter.

The Trump administration has said that the reason behind easing up on EPA’s fuel efficiency and emissions standards is to lower the overall vehicle costs so that more people can afford a new car.

Ford, along with Honda, BMW and VW, reached an agreement with California on emissions standards, defying Trump’s efforts to stop the state from imposing its own set of rules.

In a series of tweets Trump called the car makers “politically correct” before targeting Ford.

Ford said in a statement that they’re focused on protecting the environment and the affordability of their models. “This agreement with California provides regulatory stability while reducing CO2 more than complying with two different standards,” the car maker said, according to Reuters.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also responded to President Trump’s comments, saying that the administration’s emissions rollback would result in an additional 540 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and other harms. “This doesn’t look like a better alternative to us,” he commented.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers that represents GM, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen and others said that they “look forward to seeing a final rule soon. We support increases to standards that optimize all the priorities, including affordability so more Americans can buy a new car, plus preserving jobs and safety at the same time.”

The White House has urged other car makers not to back the voluntary California agreement, with Democrats doing the opposite. The EPA also tried to devalue California’s voluntary framework, saying that so far it has been nothing more than a press release.

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  • cooper

    How is this pos still president? These automakers have to think about tomorrow.

    • Six_Tymes


    • Russian hackers, bra

      • Six_Tymes


        • So?

          • Six_Tymes

            you cant afford to buy your own. ha! your poor mother, i feel bad for her.

      • rich5566

        Antifa turd!

        • bd0007

          Germany could have used them back in the day…

    • SD38439

      Because he was “voted” in (aka given a position by the pupper masters in Israel). The same way ole big ears was, who bailed out two car companies (and a ton of crooked banks) which should have never have happened.

      • iddqd

        end the fed, end the al gore scam artists of this world and boycott the chinks.

      • bd0007

        TARP was passed under the Bush II admin, and the gubm’t wouldn’t have had to step in and be the lender of the last resort if Wall St./hedge funds/mortgage lenders didn’t tank the economy and the banking system (which completely froze the lending markets).

        FoMoCo was luck that they managed to borrow before the lending markets froze (in part due to being in worse shape financially than GM and in part due to the Ford family’s desperation to avoid bankruptcy at all costs).

        Still, FoMoCo almost went under – Cash4Clunkers and the DOE (basically interest free) loans saved them (2 govt. programs).

        • Paul Webster

          It wasn’t luck. Try reading Mulally’s book about his tenure as CEO of Ford. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac authorized the unfunded junk bonds which the idiot European banks bought by the billions. The Japanese didn’t buy a penny’s worth despite extreme pitches from American investment bakers.
          Bush passed TARP because the oversite by Congress (Committee chaired by Barney Frank) refused to consider Bush’s proposal to reign in both Freddie and Fanny… back in 2006-7.

  • Exotics

    Elon left the board because he felt his time was being wasted and no one wanted to listen to him when he runs the greatest car company on the planet that is AMERICAN.

    This further backs his thoughts…

    • Nick099

      Really?…and here we all thought he had to resign as Chairman because of a settlement with the SEC over violations.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Sucks to live in California for a multitude of reasons, but car restrictions are certainly one.

    • Six Thousand Times

      And yet people stay and more move in. The world’s sixth largest economy and all. But I’m sure wherever you live is better…

      • Nick099

        That is actually not true. They have lost 1 million folks from 06-16.
        Those that move to California are generally more affluent—average income over $110k.

        So the Middle Class is dying in California leaving the wealthy and the poor.
        Nice state.

      • SD38439

        lol, no they don’t. People have been leaving Commiefornia in record numbers for years now.

    • Ricki Boo

      Yes we hate breathing clean air and drinking clear water. It’s awful.

      • SD38439

        With all of those great regulations, why do you still not have clean air?

        • Ricki Boo

          You probably like to breathe coal fumes. Explains your impaired logic.

        • William rowe

          cleaner then some states ruled by republicans

        • bd0007

          Uhh, b/c there’s a ton of autos on the roads?

          Nonetheless, air pollution is a lot better than what it used to be (w/o the regs).

        • Bananarama

          This might be surprising to hear, but the borders between states actually allow air to pass through.
          I know, crazy…

          • Stephen G

            Sounds like California needs to build a wall to keep the pollution other states produce from migrating.

      • slither16

        At least there was a catalytic converter filter those emissions. Still nothing for CO2 yet.

      • FFEMT6

        Just ask Flint, Mi.

  • carlbolt

    “Listen, I have lowered the emission standard for you.”
    “We don’t need that, Mr. President.”
    “You have to make your product just on the borderline, otherwise, you are not loyal to your president”.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Funny how a leader of a country is mocking companies as “politically correct”

  • Rimas Kurtinaitis

    His own ars… head. Yeah. Definitely his head.

  • Rimas Kurtinaitis

    No company having a market share in the world’s sixth-largest economy.
    Now that is what i call good business practice.

  • Merc1

    Who cares what this orange idiot has to say? He doesn’t know anything about anything he talks about. Hopefully come 2020 he is gone.


    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      Us Europeans can only hope. Americans can vote. (Please. For the sake of everyone on this sad planet.)

      • William rowe

        it’s more complicated then just voting, he has had the help of russians , the republican party is doing everything in their power to make it harder for minorities to vote that typically vote for democrats. The republicans of today would really upset the founding fathers of the united states.

        • Mr. EP9

          There hasn’t been any evidence confirming beyond a reasonable doubt that Russian interference as the primary reason for his election victory. If there was, Mueller would have found it but he didn’t.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Idk about safer but engines DO run better without all that economy crap. Look at VW’s diesels that they cheated. They were getting around 50 mpg. The 6.0 Powerstroke came out about when a bunch of new emission stuff came out. My dad had one and every single thing that failed was because of the emission parts.

    • FFEMT6

      VW deserves to be banned from selling cars in the US for #Dieselgate. Those unregulated TDI’s did immeasurable damage to the environment and they gassed monkeys in the process of testing them. Glad you don’t see anything wrong with that though.

  • TheBelltower

    Why would the automakers want to pick the side of a moron? His garbled words are meaningless, and he changes his mind depending on which way the money is flowing in. He’ll hopefully be gone soon, in jail, and the automakers will have an adult in the WH to deal with.

  • Ricki Boo

    Yes, I am sure the orange balloon knows far, far more about building and selling cars than the execs at Ford, Toyota, Mercedes and Volkswagen. He has a very big brain. Stable genius and all that.

    • Nick099

      You mean some of the same auto execs that cheated on emissions testing? Those folks?
      Your blind faith is just so heartwarming.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        At least they didn’t create a fake university and charity just to pad their pockets.

        • William rowe

          How grown adults elected a clown like trump I will never understand

          • SMSO


            There. Just solved it for you 😉

      • Ricki Boo

        The orange balloon knows all. He is the chosen one after all.

      • bd0007

        This is the same MORON who had LOST a fortune running casinos, since he had little clue in how to run them, not to mention a slew of other businesses which went into bankruptcy or closed down.

      • slither16

        They should be grateful for it.

    • FFEMT6

      It’s yuge, the biggest uh brain of any human president ever. ?

  • Six Thousand Times

    He gets crazier hour by hour

    • Nick099

      Yes, it would seem crazy to someone who has absolutely not a clue as to what is going on or what the real issues are.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        So he’s crazy himself?

      • bd0007

        Like the Dotard?

    • William rowe

      lol you don’t say?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yeah, and then there’s the rest of the world… If nobody ever comes to you for business advice, don’t be astonished.

  • Nick099

    Over-stressed micro-motors ultimately cost more to maintain. Cars are getting heavier due to safety standards..mainly. That means the use of lighter materials which cost more and more complex engines. That drives costs.

  • Scino Iem

    I support his policies that deal with China, but this one is stupid.

    • bd0007

      Even dumber is trying to fight a trade war w/ China one-on-one.

      Most countries have issues w/ the way China handles trade – so the smart thing to have done is form a coalition w/ the those countries/trading blocs and put combined pressure on China.

      But the moron decides to fight one-on-one, including having numerous trade wars w/ allies.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Yeah let’s just cut off the 40 million people that reside in California. I’m pretty sure those companies can afford a 12% loss in customers.

  • SD38439

    I love coming here to read the comments for political articles. It’s like going to a pro wrestling forum filled with people who don’t realize the show is scripted.

  • bd0007

    Hair Fuhrer sure likes to project his own characteristics onto others…

  • William rowe

    nothing makes me want to vomit more then a pic of him

  • bd0007

    Yeah, cuz automakers don’t have to face even tougher standards in the EU, China, etc. lol

  • Patrick

    What a bunch of morons have TDS..You probably believe the electricity for Tesla vehicles won’t cause any pollution..California has constant energy problems..Anyway

    • Zed68

      Oh yeah, wanting cleaner cars, reacting to the stunningly stupid opinions of a complete idiot is “having TDS”. What’s next? Coal cars?

  • dantheman

    Sadly, these automakers supporting Californias crazy plans are shooting themselves in the foot. Although, much more fuel efficient technology does exist, it has been suppressed. I’m assuming these automakers plan to gradually start to offer big break thoughts in releasing that technology so we can use less fuel and lower emissions. However, over the last few decades they just keep adding more tech to make it slightly more efficient and more expensive to repair. This tech has caused vehicle prices to go up. If they don’t start using that fuel technology they will be forced to cut production on their cash cows which are trucks and SUVs. That will hurt them severely could send us in another recession. I think they really are just trying to appeal to liberals. Most liberals can’t afford new cars unless they get their parents to buy it for them. Yes, it’s important to reduce emissions but the government and the big oil companies will not allow that.

    • Smith

      This government won’t allow it because their so called conservative leader (that is a stretch as well) has no clue about environment or business, just as your comments would reflect that you don’t either.

      • dantheman

        Actually, this suppression goes back decades. I doubt any current or recent politicians have a clue about it. Based on your extremely arrogant comment, it’s safe to say you are one of those radical liberals. Stop projecting your prejudice on others and do research on a topic before you comment.

  • Thunderbolt

    His great, great, great, great, great, great parents were also racists.

    • Paulbe

      His racism can even be traced back to when his family were single-celled organisms in the primordial soup. Sad.

  • slither16

    It’s not their fault, it’s California’s.
    Who remembers the days when they just had one engine option for California and one for the rest of the states. I guess they think it’s too costly for them to it again.

  • Enter Ranting

    Is this the same “businessman” who bankrupted three casinos?

  • EyalN

    All car companies are faking emissions figures so they don’t need to change the low

    • FFEMT6

      Not all, but VW Company sure did their part. #Dieselgate

  • Thomas Conway

    What type of political leader says we should all be dirtier and hold back technological evolution?

    • FFEMT6

      Have you met the potus? ??

    • Smith

      A bully, plain and simple. An uneducated bully.

  • ThatGuy

    California and the smog issue show the need to curb emissions, China showed they need it too.
    Besides Ford needs to keep emissions low to sell their vehicles globally, Europe became very strict and Ford and other car makers or soldiering on in an attempt to stay competitive and innovative ways to save the environment.

    You cant sell cars if there is no world to sell too. Yes this is an extreme or dramatic statement but we still need to do more to ensure a future where the planet is habitable.

    I loves cars but i also understand we need to change to save what we have even if it means i cannot get the old school cars i love. But even there, companies are coming up that have emission fixes for our old school cars that curb the pollution so we are all moving forward.

  • Smith

    Trump’s plan would not have made cars less expensive, and now with all the tariffs on Chinese products, that 80% of Americans depend on, there is even less chance of buying a new car.

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  • Stephen G

    Rule number one in business…Never give the customer what they want!

  • Emoto

    Yes, they are. You can tell the haters because they use a word like “attacks” instead of “criticizes” because they are so filled with hate that they cannot help themselves. Sad, really.

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