Trump Dismantles Another Obama ‘Achievement’ — Just One More To Go
This week, the Trump administration announced that it would revise President Obama’s draconian auto fuel economy mandates. That alone is big news. But it marks the near total reversal of Obama’s anti-growth domestic policies. That’s bigger news.
As we have repeatedly explained in this space, Obama’s fuel economy mandate was little more than a thinly disguised electric car mandate, since hitting that level would have required a substantial increase in plug-in sales. As it stands, there are only a handful of powered cars that can go more than 54 miles on a gallon of gas.
Pruitt said that, instead of trying to force consumers into more expensive cars that environmentalists like, the focus at the EPA will be “on making cars that people actually buy and that are efficient.”
We’d prefer it if the government chucked this fuel economy mandate altogether. Consumers already have a wide range of choices when it comes to mileage. And fuel economy mandates in the past have forced the industry to shrink car sizes, making them less safe.
Even so, it’s a huge blow to one of Obama’s much heralded policy victories.
When he announced the fuel standards in 2011, Obama declared that were “the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” As it turns out, it was fracking that was the most important step.
This isn’t the first of Obama’s policies enacted during his eight years in office that Trump has killed off in his first 14 months.
Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama heralded the TPP as a “defining trade deal” and said it would “bolster our leadership abroad and support good jobs here at home.” Trump ditched it shortly after taking office.
Clean Power Plan. Obama called this massive expensive proposal “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change.” Critics noted it would cost a total of $100 billion by 2030 and even the Obama administration admitted that it would do nothing to prevent climate change. Trump ordered the EPA to withdraw the rules in April.