I’m a big fan of federalism and self-governance, but I support President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw California’s ability to set their own separate greenhouse-gas standards for vehicles.

While this might seem counterintuitive – why not let the states decide? – this is a slightly more complicated issue than the embittered social media posts indicate.  In fact, this isn’t about states’ rights at all.

We all know that it’s impractical for automakers to comply with 50 different sets of environmental regulations, so Congress set a national standard.  They gave my former home state of California an exception because of their severe smog problem, which they described as a “compelling and extraordinary” conditions.  I’d say.  In some places, it was hard to see your hand in front of your face.

But give California an inch, they’ll take a mile.  And that’s exactly what they did with this waiver.  Instead of using it to curtail smog, they used it to push their super liberal environmental agenda down the throats of all Californians.  The state’s greenhouse-gas rules are meant to solve the “climate change” crisis, not deal with smog.  

Fine.  People who live in California know what they’re getting into. That’s why my family and I got out of there, along with thousands of others who are participating in the great outward migration.

But during Barack Obama’s administration, California leveraged their size and power to influence the nationwide regulations. That meant that car prices went up and manufacturers sold Texans and Mississippians cars that met the California standards – whether they believed in the hocus pocus global warming or not. 

Please enjoy the rest of this article in the Washington Times here.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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