Automakers refuse Trump’s order to lower gas mileage – so, now, they’re accused of antitrust violations

❝ The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into four major automakers who have rejected the Trump administration’s relaxed air pollution and mileage regulations.

The four automakers — Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW — agreed in July to meet the tougher standards set by the California Air Resources Board rather than the Trump administration’s rules, which would roll back standards put in place under former President Barack Obama.

❝ “California, a coalition of states, and these automakers are leading the way on smart policies that make the air cleaner and safer for us all,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom at the time. “I now call on the rest of the auto industry to join us, and for the Trump administration to adopt this pragmatic compromise instead of pursuing its regressive rule change. It’s the right thing for our economy, our people and our planet.”

But the Trump administration is challenging California’s right to set standards that are tougher than federal rules.

Does it matter whether Trump is a creep or a cretin? Either way, his proposals – so often adopted by a Senate run by Republican bobbleheads – are crafted only to increase corporate profits and diminish American health.

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