California’s powerful Air Resources Board has rescheduled a key hearing until February, which would be after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has taken office and there’s more clarity on where the nation’s clean-air rules governing automobiles are headed.
The delay in the hearing, originally scheduled for Dec. 8-9, is needed to give more time to gather reaction to recommendations the board staff is now preparing, said Stanley Young, a spokesman for the board. Those recommendations had been scheduled to be circulated as soon as last week, and the CARB didn’t give a new date for their release.
Trump called climate change a hoax during the campaign and promised to renegotiate the Paris climate accords. On Thursday, the stocks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose lineup includes the most light truck models, and General Motors both surged the most in more than a year after Trump named a skeptic of climate change to his transition team.
California is analyzing targets as part of a so-called mid-term review of President Barack Obama’s plan to boost U.S. fuel economy to a projected 50.8 miles per gallon by 2025. The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also involved.
In July, the three agencies published a technical report saying automakers are ahead of schedule in complying with Obama’s targets for 2022 through 2025.