(National Sentinel) Uh, Nope: The Trump presidency is destined to go down in history for two things: Making liberal heads explode a record number of times and decentralizing federal authority.
During his 2016 campaign, POTUS Trump promised repeatedly to cut back on needless, expensive regulations so that states could decide their own policies and company profits wouldn’t be soaked up with compliance costs for rules that make no sense and accomplished nothing.
Since his first days in office, he’s been keeping that promise, as evidenced by a deregulatory action just taken by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump’s administration repealed a rule forcing states to comply with a policy monitoring greenhouse gas levels from tailpipes of American automobiles.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed a final rule May 22 that eliminates a mandate requiring state agencies to establish emission targets, calculate their progress toward those targets, and determine a plan of action if they failed to make progress during a performance period.
The rule repealed the performance management measure assessing the percent change in tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) measure. It also measured total annual tons of carbon emissions from all on-road mobile sources.
States and other locals across the country can still pursue similar actions locally. The repeal of the GHG measure does not affect implementation of the other national performance management measures states are responsible for administering.
This rule repeal comes on the heels of similar EPA action in April.
Then Trump announced a plan to scrap Obama-era rules requiring cars and trucks to get better mileage over the course of 10 years. The plan also targets California’s ability to set much higher standards — because those standards were causing automobile makers to incur great expense just to comply with one state’s rules.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with national standards for things like automobile emissions. Clean air and clean water is in everyone’s best interests, obviously.
But top-down, one-size-fits-all rules generally don’t work out very well. Giving states some latitude to come up with their own solutions is most often a much better idea; what gets approved in California is not always feasible, economically and otherwise, in West Virginia or Missouri.
The Trump administration is the first in three decades to recognize this reality and then implement policies accordingly.
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