President Trump has launched yet another attack on two of his favorite targets: climate rules and Californians.
In the latest broadside, the administration filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s cap-and-trade program, a centerpiece of its ambitious efforts to slash climate pollution in the coming decades.
At issue is the fact that the carbon marketplace, which allows companies to buy or sell a shrinking number of allowances to emit greenhouse gases, incorporates the Canadian province of Quebec. The suit argues that agreement constitutes the sort of compact that only the federal government can enter into.
It’s part of the White House’s ongoing efforts to unravel any climate rules that threaten fossil fuel interests, and pander to a base of supporters that abhors California’s relatively progressive policies and people on general principle (call it lack-of-virtue signaling).
“The White House is yet again continuing its political vendetta against California, our climate policies and the health of our communities,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
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Last month, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into four automakers that struck a deal with California to build more fuel-efficient vehicles, in an end-run around the administration’s efforts to rollback Obama-era auto regulations. Legal observers suggested the arguments for such an investigation were preposterous.