Automakers went to incredible lengths to convince the EPA to roll back fuel standards
For two years, Margo Oge met with auto manufacturers almost daily, trying to forge a landmark deal to combat air pollution. With her team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, other government officials and engineers from 15 automakers, she pored over proprietary data and hashed out which fuel-economy standards would be achievable. Trade associations and companies’ Washington lobbyists were not invited. When firms argued something wasn’t possible, the EPA pushed back, demanding evidence.