Afternoon Coffee: Trump Investigates Tariffs on Foreign Cars, Exxon Pledges to Reduce Methane Emissions

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President Trump has ordered an investigation into whether autos imported into the United States pose a threat to national security, the New York Times reports. The findings could be used to justify new tariffs on foreign-made cars, further straining U.S. trade relations with allies.

Methane Emissions

Exxon Mobil plans to reduce its methane emissions 15% by 2020, bowing to pressures from investors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Multiple investment groups have been pushing for more sustainable business practices among energy firms, and Exxon’s move is only the latest in a series of commitments.

China Woos Germany

China and Germany appear to be wooing each other in an effort to counterbalance trade risks with the U.S., according to Reuters. Both countries are fighting to preserve the norms of global free trade and have stressed the huge potential for cooperation between them.

The iVan 

And finally, an autonomous vehicles update: Apple and Volkswagen have teamed up to build self-driving cars for Apple employees, Quartz reports. The deal involves automating T6 Transporter vans, although it remains unclear whether Apple wants to develop only the software inside the vehicles or eventually offer its own line of autonomous cars.

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