Over at LRC, Brent Peterson nails the history of unintended consequences in the auto industry, back to the unholy alliance of Greens and anti-OPEC patriots who put in CAFE standards in ’76, unintentionally creating the SUV, which became the anchor around the neck of GM and Chrysler when gas shot up and the economy tanked. He shows how it could have been (and in Europe, was) different.
As for the current fit of CAFEery, there’s not a whole lot to be gained by holding The One personally responsible. There were rotters from a dozen states going for this, and at least now we’ll have uniformity in what cars can be sold in what states, for what that’s worth. Meanwhile, the Glorious Workers will produce the Lada in the People’s Republic of Michigan, and there’ll doubtless be a waiting list once the Party drives the competition back overseas. But Michigan will belong to the Party forever.