I was just getting ready to fold a load of clothes when the ‘Breaking News’ came across with this headline:
Trump administration to revoke California’s power to set stricter auto emissions standards
NO … No No No No No! This is not right! I was so furious that I nearly shredded poor Miss Goose’s favourite shirt as I was folding it. Just who in hell does this ‘man’ think he is? He is not the king, nor is he the dictator … at least not yet!
For decades, California has had stricter emission standards, has been a frontrunner in trying to protect life on earth. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have vowed to adopt California’s standards if they diverge from the federal government’s, as have several major automakers. But now, Donald F. Trump (yeah, I know it’s a ‘J’, but in my book he now has a new middle name) has decided that he and he alone can doom all life on earth, bring about our demise even sooner than was previously planned?
In July, California reached an agreement with four companies — Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America — under which they pledged to produce fleets averaging nearly 50 mpg by model year 2026. The deal upset Trump and his buddies in the oil industry, for it would, conceivably, cut down on the amount of fuel they could sell … never mind that it would make the air cleaner, healthier, more breathable, and perchance help cut down on the carbon emissions that are killing life on planet Earth! By all means, the profits of companies like Exxon Mobil, and by extension Donald Trump, are far more important than our lives!
Congress has repeatedly reaffirmed California’s right to set its own emissions standards, and in 1977, lawmakers said other states could legally adopt California’s stricter car emissions standards. Over time, emissions control strategies first adopted by California — catalytic converters, nitrous oxide regulations and “check engine” systems, to name a few — have become standard across the country. Over the decades, the EPA has repeatedly approved waivers for California under the Clean Air Act. And now, along comes Donald Trump whose fortunes are obviously tied to the fossil fuel industry, and says we all have to spend more money and sacrifice our very lives to put money into the pockets of he and his rich cronies.
This simply cannot be allowed to continue. We don’t have a president, we have a madman bent on destroying the earth as rapidly as possible. Let us hope that there is broad intervention by both Congress and the Courts, and that Trump and his oil buddies will have their tiny hands slapped and removed from the cookie jar. Someone, somehow, must prove to this sorry excuse for a president that he is NOT the dictator of the nation, and that his job is to ensure the safety and best interest of the people of this nation … not to try to destroy us all!