U.S. Justice Department issues subpoenas to automakers in California emissions probe

Reuters | November 08, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department has issued civil subpoenas to four major automakers, demanding that they disclose details on a deal struck with California in July to follow strict vehicle emissions standards, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The Justice Department is carrying out an antitrust investigation into the voluntary agreement. It comes against a growing number of fights between the Republican White House and California on a number of fronts, including numerous environmental issues. The Trump administration in September issued a determination that California cannot set its own vehicle emission standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates and is investigating if the companies engaged in anti-competitive conduct in striking the deal.

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Drivers pay most of the taxes and fees that fund expansion and maintenance of our streets, highways and general transportation infrastructure. The national road network was constructed largely on the philosophy that users would pay. The gas tax is the single most important source of transportation funding for the federal government. Together, taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel raise over $30 billion per year, or 85% of the revenue flowing into the nation’s transportation spending account.

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Drivers pay most of the taxes and fees that fund expansion and maintenance of our streets, highways and general transportation infrastructure. The national road network was constructed largely on the philosophy that users would pay. The gas tax is the single most important source of transportation funding for the federal government. Together, taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel raise over $30 billion per year, or 85% of the revenue flowing into the nation’s transportation spending account.

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Cognosante | November 11, 2022

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