And, thankfully the consequences of this past election are ones that I mostly agree with. Obama is making moves to overturn Bush actions seemingly every day and this is one that will have a positive impact.
The directive makes good on an Obama campaign pledge and signifies a sharp reversal of Bush administration policy. Granting California and the other states the right to regulate tailpipe emissions would be one of the most emphatic actions Mr. Obama could take to quickly put his stamp on environmental policy.
Mr. Obama stopped short of ordering the agencies to reverse the Bush administration policy, but they are widely expected to do so.
Once they act, automobile manufacturers will quickly have to retool to begin producing and selling cars and trucks that get higher mileage than the national standard, and on a faster phase-in schedule. The auto companies have lobbied hard against the regulations and challenged them in court.