16 thoughts on “Trump blocks California auto emission rules

  1. RE: “The party of ‘States’ Rights’ strikes again.”

    As long as we’re pretending: If California can have the EPA, Virginia can have Jim Crow.

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    1. RE: “Exsqueeze me?”

      Historically, the Democratic Party was the party of states’ rights. The GOP under Lincoln went to war to reverse their assertion.

      So, if we’re pretending that Trump represents the Denocratic Party, we may as well pretend that Jim Crow is viable again.

      Today’s WSJ states the matter like this: “Fair-weather liberal federalists are complaining that the Trump Administration is running over states’ rights. Yet the Commerce Clause prohibits states from burdening interstate commerce, and the California rules discriminate against consumers in other states. If California’s waiver is allowed to stand, its rules would become the de facto national standard.”

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      1. “Historically, the Democratic Party was the party of states’ rights.”

        Yes, historically. Here, in the 21st century, it is the Republicans, and conservatives in general, who use the “States’ Rights” argument to justify (since you mentioned it) many of the same Jim Crow era voting restrictions, and to deny minorities their constitutional rights as full citizens.

        “If California’s waiver is allowed to stand, its rules would become the de facto national standard.”

        So now the WSJ thinks markets are bad? That’s an interesting development.

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      2. RE: “Here, in the 21st century, it is the Republicans, and conservatives in general, who use the ‘States’ Rights’ argument…”

        That’s just false. States’ rights and federalism are not the same thing. Here in the 21st century, virtually no one supports states rights as understood in the 1800s. It’s probably true that more conservatives and Republicans support federalism, but there’s no shortage of liberal Democrats who support federlism, too, when it suits them, as in the current instance.

        RE: “So now the WSJ thinks markets are bad?”

        Not at all. California’s waiver was anti-market.

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        1. RE: “I wonder how you come to that conclusion when the suppliers of the market, the auto manufacturers AGREED to the program.”

          At the time they had no choice. Now they do.

          Keep in mind that California’s original demands affected carmakers’ offerings in other states. That is the reason the waiver was arguably unconstitutional. It is also the reason that California’s demands were anti-market.

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  2. Again, Trump is trying to control the means of production. The 4 companies have already invested huge amounts of money and their fiscal planning goes out years in advance. It would be very costly to follow Trump’s whim.

    The manufacturers know a lot more about car safety, auto jobs and economics than the regime knows about anything.

    It won’t hurt the other states to get cleaner cars. So now Trump is expecting the auto manufacturers to still make several different vehicle efficiencies because the rest of the world will be heading that way no matter what we do.

    This vendetta against Obama and his policies is childish, in my opinion.

    Demanding boycotts of companies, ordering companies out of other nations, trying to force higher rates for shipping for a company whose CEO he doesn’t like, using taxpayer money to pay for market changes he forced, raising the price of steel and aluminum affecting vendors and long range planning, and the list goes on and on.

    He is trying very hard to take our freedoms away and conservatives just sit there and take it while cowering in the corner with tails tucked.

    IMHO

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    1. RE: “Again, Trump is trying to control the means of production.”

      How so? Today’s WSJ addresses the point: “The Trump Administration isn’t prohibiting [carmakers] from manufacturing more fuel-efficient and electric cars. Liberals call the President a totalitarian, but he’s the one giving consumers and businesses a choice.”

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  3. The Eraser-in-Chief strikes again.

    Let’s not even talk about his obstructive behavior and that of his minions. Or the lack of oversight, a Constitutional duty, that was overlooked by the GOP for 2 years and now his expectations that nothing should change. I thought elections had consequences?

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    1. RE: “Or the lack of oversight, a Constitutional duty…”

      Here, repeal of California’s waiver is the administration’s Constitutional duty. As WSJ puts it: “the Commerce Clause prohibits states from burdening interstate commerce, and the California rules discriminate against consumers in other states. If California’s waiver is allowed to stand, its rules would become the de facto national standard.”

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      1. So high and mighty. It was an Obama era deal, so it had to be done away with.

        And if California, and 13 other states, have adopted the higher standards, maybe it SHOULD become the national standard.

        The deal was made with automakers. In revoking the rule, Trump is interfering with interstate commerce. (See Mr. Rothman’s comment above). ANOTHER impeachable offense.

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          1. By revoking the agreement that has been in place for several years, he is changing the field. The people involved in the commerce in question agreed to the terms. By revoking the waiver, he IS interfering with what had been agreed to.

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          2. RE: “By revoking the waiver, he IS interfering with what had been agreed to.”

            Your logic escapes me. The automakers can stick with the agreement, if they wish. The only thing that has changed is California’s ability to enforce it, which was arguably unconstitional in the first place.

            It makes no sense to call foul when there isn’t any.

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