A friend recently called me about a book he was rereading, and I was amused that my wife had taken that same yellowed history book off our bookshelf a few weeks before: “A Distant Mirror” by honored historian Barbara Tuchman.
One of the fascinating messages of the book is that given a 50/50 chance to make the right decision, leaders throughout the 14th century overwhelmingly failed. Tuchman’s other books illuminate that rulers throughout history have neglected to select the right course of action, thwarting human potential.
Unfortunately, we’re seeing the same thing today. President Donald Trump and his EPA are rolling back fuel efficiency standards that were projected to save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump and reduce oil consumption by 2 million barrels per day by 2025. The Trump administration now wants to trade the well-being of Americans and our environment for dividends to corporate stockholders and board members in the fossil fuel industry.
In this critical time, these same forces are lobbying the EPA with a grossly erroneous statement: “ … government regulation stifles production, makes living and working harder for millions of Americans, and slows economic activity.” The truth is that our transition from fossil fuels will create an explosion of green jobs, a livable environment, and sustainable economic activity in America for all.
Call Sens. Grassley and Ernst before May 27 to tell them rolling back fuel efficiency standards is a historic mistake.