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Trump administration to ease fuel-efficiency regulations on cars

NHK reported at noon that the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it will relax the current fuel-efficiency regulations on new cars that were initiated by the Obama administration as part of anti-global warming measures, saying that the regulations were “wrong.” The network said that while automakers welcome the decision, the State of California is strongly opposed because it is committed to combating global warming. In addition, the network reported that the EPA said it would revoke the waiver that allows California to set its own emissions rules. The network said California opposes the relaxation of regulations on the grounds that it will cause air pollution and threaten the health of Americans. The network said Japanese automakers will watch how the confrontation between the Trump administration and California develops since they will be affected by the decision.

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