There were big doings in Detroit according to the Associated Press (AP).
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met to sign a treaty. Our first question was how did they find a room large enough to hold both egos
Gov. Newsom is a man to whom self-aggrandizement comes easy.
That’s why it’s perfectly natural for him to sign what amounts to an international treaty with Canada. His hands-off foreign policy with Mexico means California essentially has no restriction on the movement of people, but he’s ready to crack down on air.
According to the AP, "the governments will work together on regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles and to accelerate use of zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars. They’ll also share information on low-carbon fuel requirements, which Canada is developing."
Newsom is attempting an end run on the Trump administration.
The Obama administration EPA imposed draconian mileage requirements on automobile manufacturers. It was demanding cars get 36 MPG of "real-world driving" by 2025.
This is nothing to government SUV riders like Newsom and Trudeau, but it was going to be expensive and dangerous for the non-elect in the population.
Auto manufacturers have been making cars lighter to improve mileage, but constructing cars out of balsa is dangerous for passengers in a car crash. Particularly if the object in the crash is a truck or a tree. Trump proposed to freeze the EPA rules at the 2020 level of 30 MPG.
Newsom thinks if he can get Canada and enough other states to agree with his fantasy mileage requirement, the Trump administration will be forced to surrender.
It’s not a bad strategy. Trump hasn’t been known for focusing on a problem long enough to win a victory for the average citizen.
See the border with Mexico for details.
Under current law California can impose stricter mileage standards than the rest of the country, a situation Trump also has expressed a desire to remedy.
Naturally car manufacturers want a single, nationwide standard so they don’t have to undergo the expense of building two separate types of each model they produce.
Newsom thinks the solution is obviously to give in and let him have his way.
So far Trump is disagreeing. Let’s hope he continues.
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