Mar 16, 2017

By Jane Brown

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U.S. President Donald Trump is targeting fuel efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, raising pressure on Canada to decide whether to follow suit.

Trump told workers at a vehicle testing site in Michigan yesterday that his administration will take another look at federal requirements governing fuel efficiency in cars and trucks, calling them “an example of industry killing rules.”

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center for Mobility, a test facility for driverless car technology for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S. March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The announcement is expected to set up plans for weaker fuel efficiency standards, a move hailed by the auto industry, but criticized by environmental groups. In a round table discussion with auto workers and executives, Trump said the bottom line for Detroit should be making great cars.

By revisiting the fuel efficiency regulations, Trump is targeting a policy that is central to what has been a joint Canada-U.S. effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

Any U.S. move to weaken the standards would put pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau to decide whether to proceed with costly climate regulations in Canada at the risk of losing investment and jobs in this country.

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