Andrew Wheeler's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves to the full Senate for consideration. The former lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry has been serving in the role as acting administrator since Scott Pruitt's resignation in July.
A senior EPA policy adviser who worked on a proposal to scale back light-vehicle tailpipe emissions standards left the agency to form a nonprofit advocacy group focused on defending President Donald Trump's energy, environmental and economic record.
Congress is launching new attempts to curtail President Trump's authority to impose tariffs on light vehicles amid an escalating campaign by the auto industry and other business groups to force congressional action on the president's bid for greater power.
Instead of making life easier for automakers, the less-stringent fuel economy rules due from the Trump administration by March 31 are expected to be quickly challenged in court, leading to regulatory uncertainty and huge compliance headaches.