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Zorro

(15,943 posts)
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:27 PM Sep 2019

Trump officials threaten to withhold highway funding from California

Source: Washington Post

for its 'chronic air quality problems'.

Trump administration officials threatened this week to withhold federal highway funding from California, arguing that the state has not shown what steps it is taking to improve its air quality. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency escalates the fierce battle between President Trump and the left-leaning state, and could put billions in federal funding in jeopardy.

In a predated letter sent late Monday to the California Air Resources Board, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggested that the state “has failed to carry out its most basic tasks under the Clean Air Act” and needs to either update its plans to tackle air pollution or risk losing federal money.

At stake, the EPA said, are billions of dollars in federal highway funding every year. Federal officials have the right to halt that money if they determine that a state is not taking sufficient steps to show how it aims to cut air pollution such as soot or smog-forming ozone.

In the letter, Wheeler notes that 34 million Californians live in areas that don’t meet federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards, more than twice as many residents as any other state. California has more than 130 “state implementation plans,” which serve as blueprints for how California would tackle these pollutants, awaiting federal approval.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/09/24/trump-officials-threaten-withhold-highway-funds-california-its-chronic-air-quality-problems/



There is no end to this administration's fuckery.
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Trump officials threaten to withhold highway funding from California (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
Huh? applegrove Sep 2019 #1
Favorite Republican/Conservative Pastime modrepub Sep 2019 #20
Wait The Liberal Lion Sep 2019 #2
Yup. Amazing, ain't it? eggplant Sep 2019 #4
California should stop sending tax payments. n/t rzemanfl Sep 2019 #3
THIS for sure ALSO bluestarone Sep 2019 #5
AFAIK, the tax payments mainly come from CA residents, not the state. erronis Sep 2019 #8
Add Abuse of Power to the Articles of Impeachment, the one most republicans voted for in 1974. George II Sep 2019 #6
Standard mob standover tactics. Aussie105 Sep 2019 #7
Unless California comes up with some dirt on Biden... SergeStorms Sep 2019 #9
Good one. n/t rzemanfl Sep 2019 #10
Californians should raise the money and tell the WH demigoddess Sep 2019 #11
Clearly none of those officials ever visited California prior to 1975 or so. PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2019 #12
Is this a joke? NastyRiffraff Sep 2019 #13
Growing up, did he get gold stars for meanness and lack of logic? Karadeniz Sep 2019 #14
Trump is all about vengeance and using govt to do it, beachbumbob Sep 2019 #15
Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but it used to be that there was strong bipartisan consensus that the Nitram Sep 2019 #16
Congress holds the purse strings Leith Sep 2019 #17
California should start issuing bonds in Chinese Yuan and make the Yuan legal tender in CA. roamer65 Sep 2019 #18
Lord, please let this entire administration come down with the most painful forms of ass cancer mr_lebowski Sep 2019 #19
I thought Iran would be Trump's first war, but it might be California rurallib Sep 2019 #21
They hate us! They really hate us!! Initech Sep 2019 #22

modrepub

(3,535 posts)
20. Favorite Republican/Conservative Pastime
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 04:40 AM
Sep 2019

Make someone else pay taxes for your government services. That's what part of this is about; take money from the net tax revenue states and give it to the states that generate little to no net taxes. Dems need to pass austerity backstops that say when government service/grant need to be cut, they get cut to the areas that generate the least amount of tax revenue first otherwise these types of shenanigans will continue. While they're at it, they should increase the local contribution for federal projects from 10% to 50%. If you want federal funding then put up more of yours first.

The Liberal Lion

(1,414 posts)
2. Wait
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:33 PM
Sep 2019

Didn't that asshole just tell California to rescind it's auto emissions standards?

When the union dissolves California will be the first to go. Calexit!

eggplant

(3,943 posts)
4. Yup. Amazing, ain't it?
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:43 PM
Sep 2019

Also see: "Homelessness, complaining about" followed by "homelessness, withholding funding for".

erronis

(15,977 posts)
8. AFAIK, the tax payments mainly come from CA residents, not the state.
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 08:00 PM
Sep 2019

And as I also believe, there is nothing that this (mal)administration wants more is to have states stop cooperating with the evil federal government.

Why, you may ask.

Because that benefits the foreign interests in seeing this country in turmoil, and also follows the libertarian goals of eviscerating any form of governance.

Aussie105

(5,772 posts)
7. Standard mob standover tactics.
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:58 PM
Sep 2019

'Nice state you have there.

It would be a pity if something happened to it . . . .

Now, stop your complaining and do what you are told!'

SergeStorms

(19,222 posts)
9. Unless California comes up with some dirt on Biden...
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 08:08 PM
Sep 2019

they'll never see a penny of that highway funding!

PoindexterOglethorpe

(26,041 posts)
12. Clearly none of those officials ever visited California prior to 1975 or so.
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 08:25 PM
Sep 2019

I remember the first time I went there, in 1968 and being completely gobsmacked by the terrible air. I've been there any number of times since, last time about 2007, and most of the time the air was quite fine.

 

beachbumbob

(9,263 posts)
15. Trump is all about vengeance and using govt to do it,
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 09:25 PM
Sep 2019

Kill California ability to require tighter air standards on cars and trucks, then use EPA to pull money because California air is too dirty....then go at homelessness and

Democrats better wake up, especially California democrats.

Trumps vengeance has NO limits.

40% of Americans cheering him on because they DO VOTE, something too many democrats do not

Nitram

(23,657 posts)
16. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but it used to be that there was strong bipartisan consensus that the
Tue Sep 24, 2019, 11:15 PM
Sep 2019

executive branch did not have the authority to unilaterally and vindictively deprive a state of mutually agreed federal funding for partisan reasons. The two parties bitterly fought domestic state leglislative decisions, but came together when it came to receiving financial aid from the federal government.

Perhaps the seldom-mentioned Tea Party was responsible for the destruction of the mutually accepted Constitutional wall between a states' rights - and federal authority. In my opinion, the wall between the two was better left well-defined, but subject to Constitutional amendment. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration is piece-by-piece disassembing a hard-fought, decades-long bipartisan push to restore clean air and clean water in the United States of America. And Republicans who used to bemoan their "duty" to their "constituents," have more loyalty to an unfit president (who may pose a clear and present danger to the security of the United States of America) than the United States of America or indeed, their own states' citizens.

Leith

(7,838 posts)
17. Congress holds the purse strings
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 12:09 AM
Sep 2019

The House, specifically. What the heck is agent orange going to do? Refuse to sign the budget bill?

He's shooting off his mouth, as usual, just in case we forgot that he's an idiot blowhard.

roamer65

(36,826 posts)
18. California should start issuing bonds in Chinese Yuan and make the Yuan legal tender in CA.
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 03:08 AM
Sep 2019

New York and New England should do the same with the Canadian dollar.

They should also start establishing hard borders.

 

mr_lebowski

(33,643 posts)
19. Lord, please let this entire administration come down with the most painful forms of ass cancer
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 03:38 AM
Sep 2019

and die slow, agonizing, penniless, lonely deaths, shunned by their families, in decrepit and fetid jail cells ... starting RIGHT NOW ...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LORD!

AMEN!

rurallib

(62,690 posts)
21. I thought Iran would be Trump's first war, but it might be California
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 07:56 AM
Sep 2019

He is sure gunning for California.

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