Cafe standards that brought us $65,000 dollar SUV's and Pickup trucks instead of station wagons.One of the most public wins in this administration-to-administration game has been rolling back Obama's rushed-through CAFE standards, which dictate how many MPG an automaker's fleet must average. Despite announcing in 2016 that the government wouldn't publish new standards until the middle of 2017, President Obama did exactly that as fast as possible after Clinton lost. (This might be the first example of a president breaking a campaign promise after someone else's election.)
That wasn't the only mess though. Obama proved amazingly effective when his vindictiveness was roused. His administration filed suits against companies that weren't among his donors, and they checked off items from the supporter's wish lists as well.
One example is an obscure rule that the Obama administration published just before the buzzer on Jan. 9 regarding beryllium alloy production, although the original rule closed to public comment in November 2015!?!
Why the rush at the end?
Well, the Obama administration wanted to "expand" the final rule in a way that covers the construction and maritime industries – instead of just people that handle beryllium allow they wanted to cover everyone from dental technicians to abrasive blasters. One can only conclude that the administration published this rule at the 11th hour and after closing the comment period in order to shield the changes from public scrutiny, the exact reason for having a public comment period in the first place. If the rule change would have been handled transparently, OSHA might know that this closed door carve-out for organized labor is not supported by facts or data, and lumps two very different forms of beryllium exposure together regulating them as equals.