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in a blow to the trump administration for major global automakers voluntarily agreed Thursday to adopt California's emissions standards for BMW Volkswagen and Honda said they would not only adopt California's stricter auto pollution rules but also use them as a national standard the deal comes at the trump administration wants to weaken the rules for national fuel efficiency as it tries to unwind Obama era regulations intended to battle climate change this agreement which basically raises average fuel efficiency to more than fifty miles per gallon by twenty twenty six is not as aggressive as the Obama era rules but not as lax as what the trump administration wants claim federal law should preempt California law last year the trump administration threatened to revoke California's legal right to impose state emissions standards leaving automakers stuck between two warring factions siding with California for auto makers said in a statement quote ensuring that America's vehicles are efficient safe and affordable is a priority for us all but the head of the California air resources board put it this way the car makers don't want to be on the wrong side of public opinion for pardoning with the trump administration in a big role back on clean cars a dozen US states have adopted California's rules which in total covers more than a third of all US sales