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Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean-air standards. Can California stand in their way?

Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean-air standards. Can California stand in their way?

Sensing a kindred spirit in the White House, the auto industry is pressuring President Trump to roll back vehicle efficiency standards, which they imply are too stringent and could cost America jobs.

That’s the burden of a letter that went out last week to Trump from the heads of 18 auto manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. They asked him to reverse a ruling issued by the Environmental Protection Agency just before his inauguration that locked down fuel efficiency rules through 2025.  

They don’t say they want him to roll back the regulations, of course — just that they think the EPA should have taken more time to issue the ruling, which...

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