Trump's effort to revoke California's emission rules will be a disaster — for the auto industry

The old adage about being sorry when you get what you asked for is about to land squarely on the head of the automobile industry.

Since even before the inauguration, automakers have been pushing Donald Trump to roll back federal fuel economy and auto emission standards and, not incidentally, to revoke California's authority to set them for itself.

On Monday, they got their wish, at least partially. As my colleague Evan Halper reports, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he would roll back the federal goal of an average vehicular efficiency standard of more than 55 miles per gallon by 2025. The new, looser standard won't be announced until later.

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