Trump made moves to stop California from creating stronger standards for auto emissions, but California is not taking it sitting down. The state has filed a lawsuit to defend their right to set their own emission standards.
According to the L.A. Times, Xavier Becerra, California’s Attorney General, scoffed at Trump’s attempt in his statement:
“Two courst have already upheld California’s emissions standards, rejecting the argument the Trump Administration resurrects to justify its misguided Preemption Rule. Yet, the Administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court.”
While the EPA generally sets the standards for the country, California has been allowed to be more stringent since the 1960s due to the massive amount of air pollution in Los Angeles. Back then, the air in LA was worse than air in modern-day Beijing.
The Trump administration is trying to take this power away from California calling the fight for cleaner air a “political agenda.”
Do Republicans only care about state’s rights when the state in question is not California?
Pollution earned Los Angeles the nickname ‘Smell-A’. There are some really eye opening photos here… Did you know that in 1943, the first big smog scare sent residents running from what they assumed was a Japanese gas attack. The city’s once clear coastal air had become a tear-inducing haze, and no one knew what was causing it.
“Once upon a time, you could touch the air in New York. It was that filthy. No sensible person would put a toe in most of the waterways. (…)
The dawning of environmental consciousness in the United States during the 1960s led to a national commitment to clean air and water with the creation, in 1970, of the Environmental Protection Agency. It came not a moment too soon for New York City, not to mention the nation.”