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California Says a Car-Emissions Deal with Trump Could Be Doable

April 10, 2018, 11:15 PM

California’s top air-quality regulator sees hope for a deal with the Trump administration over fuel economy and emissions standards—so long as Washington doesn’t try to steamroll the state.

Federal agencies have yet to translate their disdain for regulations into concrete proposals to roll back Obama-era rules intended to curb tailpipe emissions, meaning there’s still a chance for a consensus to emerge, according to Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board.

“Reason could prevail,” Nichols said April 10 at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit in New York. “There’s a way to get to success, ...