Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Auto Workers Union Takes Aim at Trump Examination of Auto Fuel Standards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Auto Workers Union Takes Aim at Trump Examination of Auto Fuel Standards

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Auto workers union takes aim at Trump

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OTTAWA - Ontario will align itself with California to fight for climate change following President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine fuel efficiency regulations in the auto sector, the province's environment ministry says.

Ontario wants to join a joint Quebec-California cap-and-trade program next year, and is vowing to continue co-operation at the "state level" on climate change initiatives, Gary Wheeler, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment said Thursday in an emailed statement.

"On matters of mutual interest and environmental significance, Ontario will continue to build relationships with our partners at the state-level. This includes our work with California through the Western Climate Initiative, and the intent to link our cap-and-trade program in 2018," said Wheeler.

"It's so important for all jurisdictions, including Ontario, California and Quebec, to work together in the fight against climate change."

Trump's intention, announced Wednesday, to take a fresh look at federal regulations covering the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks was widely viewed as a move against Obama-era environmental measures. Trump views the regulations as an impediment to economic growth.

California, the largest economy in the United States, said it would join a legal challenge to fight proposed changes to the regulations.

"President Trump's decision today to weaken emission standards in cars is an unconscionable gift to polluters. Once again, you've put the interests of big oil ahead of clean air and politics ahead of science," California Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday.

The head of Canada's largest private-sector union said Thursday he would fight any attempt to roll back environmentally friendly regulations in the auto industry following Trump's announcement.

Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor, which includes Canadian auto workers, called Trump a "climate change denier" who has no hope of rolling back Obama-era regulations on the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.

"I can't figure out where his head is at. The world is going one way and he's going another way," Dias said in an interview. …

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