If you listen to the Trump administration, San Francisco is a very dirty city — very dirty — and you might step on a used syringe if you go walking on the beach. Where did it come from, you ask? Probably some addict, if we’re to believe the incumbent president. Because so many homeless citizens of the United States seem to like California sun, San Francisco is looking at an environmental violation.
Trump also says that homeless fecal matter is a threat to the Clean Water Act.
Of course, readers should take the attacks on San Francisco cleanliness with a grain of salt — as anyone who has visited in recent years will know it’s hardly the dirtiest city in the country. Trump’s attacks are much more likely a symptom of California’s barrage of lawsuits against the obviously corrupt administration. California won’t put up with Trump tactics, and Trump can’t help but fire back — no matter how ridiculous the counterattack seems.
The San Francisco exchanges are occurring at almost exactly the same time as Trump’s revocation of California’s right to set its own air pollution standards for new vehicles. California wants to enforce stricter standards to help clean up the environment. Does Trump hate the environment? Could it be more a matter of helping out coal and oil companies, which funnel tons of cash into his election campaigns? Or could it just be about cracking down on yet another Obama-era policy?
It’s anyone’s guess at this point.
Perhaps it’s of little surprise that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is headed by someone who doesn’t believe in man-made climate change, isn’t commenting on the most recent environmental struggle between Trump and California. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler made it obvious in a speech delivered to the National Automobile Dealers Association, though:
“We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation,” he said.
Right, because that’s what this is about: state’s rights vs. federal rights. 13 states, including the District of Columbia, are on board with whatever California decides to do when enforcing the tighter regulations, regardless of what the federal government says, and it won’t be a surprise to anyone if the rest of the states fall in line as well.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “While the White House has abdicated its responsibility to the rest of the world on cutting emissions and fighting global warming, California has stepped up. It’s a move that could have devastating consequences for our kids’ health and the air we breathe, if California were to roll over. But we will not.”
The fight continues.