Preemption, How Times Change…Quickly

On Tuesday President Obama led a White House event hailing the adoption of a national standard on fuel efficiency. From the transcript:

The goal is to set one national standard that will rapidly increase fuel efficiency — without compromising safety — by an average of 5 percent each year between 2012 and 2016, building on the 2011 standard my administration set shortly after taking office.

A series of major lawsuits will be dropped in support of this new national standard.

On Wednesday, President Obama issued a memo to the Executive Branch agencies announcing his Administration’s opposition to a national standard for the regulation of products. We predict: A series of major lawsuits will be drummed up as a result of this new, 50-state, inconsistent standard.

Is that what commentators mean by pragmatic?

UPDATE (10:35 a.m.): From BusinessWeek, “Obama Regulatory Review Could Spur Product Lawsuits

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