California’s AG is preparing a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions standards. It’s always funny to hear liberals pushing States Rights initiatives.
Fecal covered sidewalks coming to a sidewalk near you… California is a failed socialist state. Just like the many others, they are running out of other peoples money.
— Reality Junkie (@MISHIGA95) August 8, 2018
It’s not fake news that California is joining 19 other states to sue the Trump administration over auto emission standards. But it’s not surprising news either, since this is now the 39th lawsuit California has brought against the federal government during Donald Trump’s 1.5-year presidency. Viewed through that larger lens, this is less about federalism, states’ rights, or even auto emissions, and more about California’s ongoing effort to impose its blue-state ideals on the rest of the country.
The Clean Air Act of 1967 was a federal initiative to take over environmental policy, reinforced by big-government Republican Richard Nixon’s establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. Thereafter, the federal government, not the states, would be in charge of auto emission standards, though the federal government could still grant waivers to states under particular circumstances. California has had such a waiver for 48 years, though the EPA now wishes to remove that waiver and enforce the lower federal standards across the board. California argues it has special needs for higher standards and, as a matter of states’ rights, it should be able to enforce those.
The truth of the matter is that California only believes in state auto emissions if they are stricter than those of the federal government. If Texas, for example, wished to have lower standards than the feds, California would not be joining that lawsuit. No, for California, states’ rights only travel in one direction— toward more regulation, not less. Since California is such a large market for everything, including automobiles, its standards have nationwide impact. In fact, 20 states now follow California’s auto emission standards. If you make cars, you either follow California or federal standards, no one else’s. So this is not a case of states’ rights, broadly speaking. This is California vs. Washington, Gov. Jerry Brown vs. Trump, blue state vs. red state, pure and simple. More
Should California be forced out of the union, or have the state government taken over and replaced with a real government, purging all existing people from the government? Oh, wait the problem is that people voted for this state government.
“Federalism has traditionally been a shield, protecting states from an overreaching federal government. But California’s blue-state bully federalism is more like a sword, trying to prod others into following its world view.” https://t.co/7xtRjnhVZ4 pic.twitter.com/AsB7AemOhM
— Deplorable News (@DeplorableNews) August 8, 2018
Let every envirosocialist in California drive an electric car while the rest of us drive gas-powered vehicles. $10 says they will have massive electrical system outages.
— Don Fredrick (@Colony14) August 7, 2018
California is like a gutter under @JerryBrownGov
— Bette Crooke (@bette_crooke) August 7, 2018
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