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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:32 PM

Trump is trying to bully California and carmakers into giving up on climate change

Sometimes it seems like the only consistent policy coming out of the White House these days is vindictiveness.

Case in point: Still seething over California’s end-run around its plan to roll back fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets on new cars, the Trump administration has launched an antitrust investigation into four automakers that reached an agreement with the state to make their cars run cleaner.

The administration also sent a letter to California officials warning darkly of “legal consequences” if the state does not abandon the agreement. And it’s considering revoking California’s long-standing authority to set tougher auto pollution standards than those required by the federal government — an authority Congress has provided at least since 1967 in recognition of the state’s own efforts to clean its dirty air.

This is a blatant attempt to use the power of the federal government to bully companies that disagree with the president. It’s especially galling that the administration would use the threat of a Justice Department investigation to pressure automakers to make cars that are worse for consumers, worse for the environment and worse for a rapidly warming planet.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-09-06/trump-administration-california-carmakers-climate-change

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. I hear Trump is also championing 180-year-old incandescent lightbulb technology...

... because why not? I guess he wants people's electric bills to go up.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:49 PM

2. Hey Ho Traitor

Blackmail is illegal

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 06:11 PM

3. He's also taking money designated for fires to build his fucking wall.

Our state is not happy with the fucking moron. We will get him legally, I believe. We have had to fight him legally for almost 3 years and are getting pretty good at it, unfortunately we have to go this route over and over.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 06:47 PM

4. It's straight out corruption.

He is doing all this (like the rollback of lightbulb standards) in order to appease his fossil fuel industry masters- those who give him campaign monies and support him in countless other ways. Makes no business sense in the long run but it does in the bribery category.

Same thing applies to all the rollbacks of controls on Russia. Also to appease his election integrity destroying Master-Putin

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 08:18 PM

5. I can just see him now,

pounding his fists on the desk, face bright red, spittle flying from his lips, veins extended in his throat as he screams, "I'm president. I'm president. They can't disobey me."

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