As California leaders continue to tout the state’s rigorous environmental standards and booming tech economy in the face of hostility from the Trump administration, they suddenly find themselves oddly positioned in three high-profile antitrust actions.
On Friday the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will investigate California’s deal with four automakers to increase fuel efficiency standards beyond those sought by federal regulators. The voluntary pact with BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen is aimed at reducing tailpipe emissions even as the Trump administration attempts to roll back Obama-era pollution standards.
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