From Cass Sunstein’s WSJ op-ed piece May 1, 2012 ~ (All red highlighting is mine) and I’ll bet you didn’t know the prez signed another executive order ! (also significant that this was signed on May 1 – Beltaine)
. . . today the president is issuing an executive order, “Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation,” with a simple goal: to promote exports, growth, and job creation by eliminating unnecessary regulatory differences across nations.
The order makes clear that we will not undermine American laws or compromise our national prerogatives. But it emphasizes that international cooperation and harmonization can increase trade and job creation, eliminating pointless burdens without creating a regulatory race to the bottom. From now on, an interagency working group chaired by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs [Note; Sunstein chairs this agency-RW] will be a forum for reducing this red tape. . .
. . .More generally, President Obama has worked closely with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to create High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Councils with both countries. . .
The U.S. and Canada have already agreed to harmonize their rules with respect to fuel economy, building on a long history of collaboration on national emission standards for new vehicles. . .
The U.S. is also working closely with the European Union to eliminate unnecessary differences in U.S.-European regulatory requirements.. .