Business & Policy Environmental Policy Obama to Allow States to Set Stricter Car Standards By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated December 27, 2019 Barack Obama is poised to give automakers a headache. (Photo: Joe Crimmings [CC by ND-2.0]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues We have an awesome President. Obama is quickly dismantling the Bush legacy, shutting down Gitmo, freezing and overturning all of George's executive orders, restoring the Freedom of Information Act, and now, he's letting states like California establish stricter automobile emission and fuel efficiency standards. The Bush administration was supported by the auto industry in rejecting the request for states to set their own standards. Car companies didn't like the idea of having to make two different versions of the same car- one with great mileage and low emissions to sell in California and another with lower mileage spewing out more emissions to sell to the rest of us. I don't know all the numbers behind the game, but with this news it'd seem to me that car companies would just choose to make the version of the car with better mileage and lower emissions on a hedge against the stricter national standards that are sure to come. It's been an amazing first week since Obama's inauguration. I can't wait to see what the next 415 hold.