Wow, the world seems so much better after less than a week:Obama’s Order Is Likely to Tighten Auto Standards
Bush had rejected the right of States to set their own vehicle emissions standards tighter than the EPA, while at the same time not letting the EPA reduce the standards. Obama has issued an order to begin the process of reversing that.
I’m actually not sure what is better, allowing the states to define the standards themselves, or just having the EPA set a better standard. But, in the end it’s probably the same, as enough large states would join in to make manufacturers adopt it nationally.
As a tangent, I always thought it was assinine that the EPA under Bush wouldn’t allow cars meeting Californias higher efficiency standards to be sold in other states.