At the same point in time that he's pushing this ...
"The federal government finalized new automobile efficiency rules today for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025. The rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025."
... the buying public is responding with this:
"GM has suspended production of the all-electric [Chevy Volt] for a month so they can retool the plant to make more Chevy Impalas. But not many are buying the company’s explanation or the car, for that matter."*
For a brief moment I'm going to feel sorry for America's auto executives. They are getting it from both sides - a foolhardy president who thinks he can dictate that which the free market should be and a free market that simply will not accept that which the president is dictating.
Where will this end? With a change of leadership in Washington. With leaders who realize their limitations. With politicians who accept the fact that they can't alter the alignment of the moon and the stars.
"Welcome to Obama’s green economy where products that sell can’t be made – and the ones that are made, don’t sell."
* The big questions are: Will GM's Hamtramck plant ever make another Volt? And will anyone care if it doesn't?