A coalition of companies and organizations have signed a petition calling on General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler to reconsider their stance on the Trump Administration’s proposed fuel economy standards.
President Donald Trump previously proposed lowering the required annual fleetwide average fuel economy rating for cars and trucks, which would lower it from 46.7 mpg by 2025 to 40.4 mpg by 2026. This prompted California to set its own future fuel economy requirements separate from the federal standard. The Trump Administration then sought to revoke a waiver that would allow the state to set its own fuel economy regs, leading California to sue the administration over the matter.
GM has sided with the Trump Administration in the ongoing row, joining the so-called “Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation” and backing the looser fuel economy regulations. In addition to GM, Toyota, FCA, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Isuzu, Maserati, McLaren, Aston Martin and Ferrari also joined this coalition. Separately, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and Honda have formed a pact siding with California, pledging to up their fleetwide fuel economy averages to a level closer to the previous standard.
Now a number activists groups have put together a petition decrying GM’s and the other automaker’s support for the looser fuel economy regulations. The petition, which has around 285,000 signatures, was put together by activist group ‘Moms Clean Air Force’ and was signed by a number of environmental, ethical and religious organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, NRDC, Consumer Reports and the Environmental Defence Fund (EDF).
“We need your companies, which represent critical manufacturing jobs and technological leadership for the U.S., to focus on restoring strong national clean cars standards and state authority to limit tailpipe emissions,” the letter reads. “For decades, these public health and climate protections helped clean up air pollution from coast to coast, while supporting the development of the safest, most efficient vehicles American families have ever known.”
The letter was sent to GM CEO Mary Barra, along with FCA CEO Mike Manley and Toyota CEO James Lentz. GM has not yet publicly responded to the petition, nor have FCA or Toyota. The petition can be read in full at this link.