WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump framed his decision to revisit fuel-economy regulations enacted by his predecessor as a move to help American auto workers.
"We're going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again," he told auto workers in March 2017 outside of Detroit, referring to the corporate average fuel economy. "We're going to help the companies, and they're going to help you."
But according to some experts -- and even the agencies that last week recommended easing Obama-era fuel economy mandates -- those workers may be less in-demand if the proposal takes effect.
Zoe Lipman, advanced transportation director from BlueGreen Alliance, a partnership between labor unions and environmental advocates, said that U.S. automakers have invested $63.8 billion in U.S. facilities and have promised another $12.4 billion through 2020 -- much of it to meet the environmental dictates. At least 1,200 U.S. factories and engineering facilities in 48 states -- and 288,000 American workers -- are building parts and materials that boost fuel efficiency, according to the group.