President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the United States from the global Paris agreement meant to battle climate change, but Detroit automakers aren’t backing down from their sustainability goals.
Both Ford and General Motors responded to the President’s decision to exit the agreement and automakers aren’t changing their future outlooks.
“GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed. International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment,” it said in a statement following the president’s decision.
The Detroit Free Press argues Trump’s decision will be largely ignored by the auto industry in general. Why? Automakers compete in global markets. The days of engineering and developing standalone vehicles for a particular market are long gone. Therefore, any new vehicles developed—even with relaxed regulations in the U.S.—must still meet more stringent requirements abroad in Europe, and more importantly, China.
With the U.S. backing down from climate leadership, China has rushed to take the role—the same country where GM sells over one million vehicles every year; the same market that’s helping to finance Cadillac’s resurgence. GM would be utterly foolish to turn back the clock on progress along with the federal government.
Automakers will continue to go green, Paris climate agreement or not.