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Automakers Withdraw Support for Trump-Era Emissions Rule

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Automakers have abandoned their legal fight for a Trump-era rule blocking California from setting emissions standards as the industry pushes President Joe Biden to accept a compromise with weaker fuel economy requirements than Biden helped chart almost a decade ago.

A final group of automakers said on Tuesday it is dropping legal support for the emissions rule imposed under former President Donald Trump, calling it “a gesture of good faith” meant to help “find a constructive path forward.” The withdrawal includes Fiat Chrysler parent Stellantis NV and Toyota Motor Corp.; General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co. had already backed out after Biden’s presidential win.