DOJ opens investigation into California emissions pact that embarrassed Trump

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The DOJ is charged with working for We the People...not under sleazy Trump though. It does it's master's bidding becoming HIS lapdog. Another day closer to November 3, 2020.
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Justice Dept. Investigates California Emissions Pact That Embarrassed Trump
Sept. 6, 2019


The Justice Department has opened an antitrust inquiry into the four major automakers that struck a deal with California this year to reduce automobile emissions, according to people familiar with the matter, escalating a standoff over one of the president’s most significant rollbacks of climate regulations.

In July, four automakers — Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen of America, Honda and BMW — announced that they had reached an agreement in principle with California on emissions standards stricter than those being sought by the White House. The announcement came as an embarrassment for the Trump administration, which assailed the move as a “P.R. stunt.”

Now, the Justice Department is investigating whether the four automakers violated federal antitrust laws by reaching a deal with California, on the grounds that the agreement could potentially limit consumer choice, those people said. The Justice Department declined to comment on the investigation, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Other legal experts and people close to the Trump administration agreed that the investigation was meant as a show of force to companies that have displeased the president.

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State's rights are paramount....except when they aren't.
Remember there are 13 other states agreeing with CA and the automakers re: vehicle emmissions.
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...But it’s routine for regulators to get industry feedback on the rules they’re developing. And antitrust experts say there’s nothing illegal about industry figures banding together to support a public policy, even when members of that industry take opposing positions on what the policy should be. There’s so little legal justification for what the Justice Department is doing, Congress should conduct an inquiry into why it’s happening.

It’s laughable to think that the Justice Department is suddenly worried about cartels. According to the American Antitrust Institute, enforcement of federal antitrust law has taken a nosedive in the last two and a half years. Meanwhile, the administration’s torching of federal regulations has terminated countless pro-competitive policies adopted by its predecessors.

Editorial: Trump is trying to bully California and carmakers into giving up on climate change
 
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Trump’s Justice Department — for it is increasingly clear that the department has been reduced to an arm of the White House — has opened an antitrust investigation of four auto companies that had the temerity to defy the president by voluntarily agreeing to reduce auto emissions below the level required by current federal law.The investigation is an act of bullying, plain and simple: a nakedly political abuse of authority.

The department is supposed to prevent companies from acting in their own interest at the expense of the public. The four automakers, by contrast, are acting in the public interest.
That the government of the United States would fight to loosen emissions standards in the face of the growing threat posed by climate change also boggles the mind. Not content to fiddle while the planet burns, Mr. Trump is fanning the flames.

Ford, BMW North America, Volkswagen Group of America and Honda struck a deal with the State of California in July. They agreed to reach an average fuel efficiency standard of at least 51 miles per gallon by 2026. That falls short of an Obama administration rule that would have required average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. But it is certainly better than the goal of 37 miles per gallon favored by the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump reacted to the deal with predictable fury. The administration denounced it as a “P.R. stunt,” and threatened to end California’s longstanding authority to set its own tougher fuel efficiency standards — an attempt that would surely end up in court. Now the administration has gone further, firing a shot across the bows of the automakers that signed the deal, and of those that might. The Times reported the German government warned Mercedes-Benz not to join the California agreement after learning of the federal investigation.

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This entire administration is so corrupt.
 
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51 mpg by 2026 sounds like pie in the sky to me especially with California's resistance to diesel but if they want to try, good luck.
 
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Isn't it wonderful to have a president who cares about the environment...just kidding.
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More hate Trump lies/ The US under Trump has reduced carbon more than any country that signed the Paris agreement. If nothing is done about Indai and China the largest polluters what the rest of the world does means nothing. All you democrat environmentalists are doing is showing how you hate this country and want to hurt our economy not to mention your hate for Trump
 
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Trump’s Justice Department — for it is increasingly clear that the department has been reduced to an arm of the White House — has opened an antitrust investigation of four auto companies that had the temerity to defy the president by voluntarily agreeing to reduce auto emissions below the level required by current federal law.The investigation is an act of bullying, plain and simple: a nakedly political abuse of authority.

The department is supposed to prevent companies from acting in their own interest at the expense of the public. The four automakers, by contrast, are acting in the public interest.
That the government of the United States would fight to loosen emissions standards in the face of the growing threat posed by climate change also boggles the mind. Not content to fiddle while the planet burns, Mr. Trump is fanning the flames.

Ford, BMW North America, Volkswagen Group of America and Honda struck a deal with the State of California in July. They agreed to reach an average fuel efficiency standard of at least 51 miles per gallon by 2026. That falls short of an Obama administration rule that would have required average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. But it is certainly better than the goal of 37 miles per gallon favored by the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump reacted to the deal with predictable fury. The administration denounced it as a “P.R. stunt,” and threatened to end California’s longstanding authority to set its own tougher fuel efficiency standards — an attempt that would surely end up in court. Now the administration has gone further, firing a shot across the bows of the automakers that signed the deal, and of those that might. The Times reported the German government warned Mercedes-Benz not to join the California agreement after learning of the federal investigation.

Opinion | A Cruel Parody of Antitrust Enforcement

This entire administration is so corrupt.
Since other auto manufacturers - GM, Chrysler, and Toyota, for example - appear not to be involved, I don’t see how this can be construed as an antitrust issue, since consumers still have the choice to buy from auto manufacturers who aren’t involved.
This reeks of an attempt by the trump DOJ to put the screws on California and the willing car manufacturers. Whatever happened to the conservative reverence for letting the free market decide?
 
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Isn't it wonderful to have a president who cares about the environment...just kidding.
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More hate Trump lies/ The US under Trump has reduced carbon more than any country that signed the Paris agreement. If nothing is done about Indai and China the largest polluters what the rest of the world does means nothing. All you democrat environmentalists are doing is showing how you hate this country and want to hurt our economy not to mention your hate for Trump
I can't help it if your alt-fact RWC blogosphere doesn't cover your Savior non-Environmental president. You really should try reading factual sources for a change.
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