General Motors Won’t Fight California Emissions Rules

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General Motors says it has changed its position to back the Trump administration’s fight to force California along with 12 other states. They will comply with the less stringent fuel-efficiency standards Trump’s EPA put into place in 2018. This would be for 2022 to 2025. It’s reported this move signals that GM expects President-elect Joe Biden to take a much different stance on emissions regulations. This will occur once Joe Biden’s presidency begins in January.

General Motors Hopes for a Way to Collaborate to Deliver an All-Electric Future

“We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the president-elect, California, and General Motors. They are connected together to address climate change by significantly reducing automobile emissions,” said Mary Barra. Barra reiterated this in a letter to environmental groups. Mary Barra is the GM CEO.

“We are positive that the Biden administration, California, and the U.S. auto industry, that support 10.3 million jobs, can as a result in collaboratively finding the pathway that will deliver an all-electric future.”

EPA Finds it Interesting the Changing Stances of Corporations

Moreover, other entities across the industry have had something to say about GM’s decision. Reportedly, the EPA only said it’s interesting to see the changing stances of corporations. Joe Biden said in a statement that it’s encouraging news to hear that GM will be working with his administration.

In fact, it’s a promising path forward on how industry, labor, government and environmental organizations can come together to tackle big problems. Then make vital progress on behalf of the American people, Biden said in a statement. It’s very important that GM has chosen to work with the Biden-Harris administration and California to advance these goals.

GM’s rival, Ford, is backing California and has done so since the beginning. Jim Farley, the new CEO, has commented on the decision on Twitter. He applauds GM for reversing the course on this critical issue. Farley said he is proud Bill Ford and Ford stood tall for environmental progress from the start putting principles over politics.

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