Trump’s Industrial Ignorance + 19th Century GOP Fear of “Regulations” = Screwing up new car sales


California wants clean air – Trump wants to burn more oil & gasMelissa Lyttle

❝ The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump…that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector…

❝ The carmakers are addressing a crisis that is partly of their own making. They had sought some changes to the pollution standards early in the Trump presidency, but have since grown alarmed at the expanding scope of the administration’s plan…

❝ …Trump’s new rule…would all but eliminate the Obama-era auto pollution regulations, essentially freezing mileage standards at about 37 miles per gallon for cars, down from a target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The policy makes it a near certainty that California and 13 other states will sue the administration while continuing to enforce their own, stricter rules — in effect, splitting the United States auto market in two.

For automakers, a bifurcated market is their nightmare scenario. In the letter to Mr. Trump, they warned of “an extended period of litigation and instability” should his plans be implemented.

The ignoranus in the White House has little or no understanding of governance for the good of the whole nation. Falling over himself to kiss corporate butt, he only succeeds in screwing up regulation in a complex industry. Production side as well as marketing and distribution. You can’t run the auto industry like a real estate office. And he didn’t do that well, either. Amassing a fortune through bailouts and bribes ain’t skill.

3 thoughts on “Trump’s Industrial Ignorance + 19th Century GOP Fear of “Regulations” = Screwing up new car sales

  1. Justin says:

    “California, four automakers defy Trump, agree to tighten emissions rules” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-emissions/california-four-automakers-defy-trump-agree-to-tighten-emissions-rules-idUSKCN1UK1OD
    California, the most populous U.S. state, accounts for about 12% of U.S. vehicle sales, and if the administration recognizes the deal it would allow automakers to operate under one set of rules.
    Additional companies are expected to sign on to the agreement. A dozen U.S. states have adopted California’s vehicle emissions rules covering more than a third of U.S. sales.
    The White House showed no willingness to reopen talks, saying “the federal government, not a single state, should set this standard. We are moving forward to finalize a rule for the benefit of all Americans.”
    Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Michael Abboud called the agreement “a PR stunt that does nothing to … provide certainty and relief for American consumers.”

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