Because President Porn Star Shagger can. Because he can override state standards that keep the air Californians breathe clean and allow car manufactureres to re-pollute the environment (Even though said car manufacturers agree with the California standards!)
Trump revels in overturning anything President Obama enacted because he's jealous of President Obama and knows he'll never, never, never be as smart, successful, and well-loved as President Obama is.
I understand penalties for failing to meet federal guidelines and rules. But to revoke a state's legal authority because that state wishes to impose even sticker rules and regulations for cleaner air than the federal government? And the only person complaining is the president?
Trump is an elected official, not a pre-ordained king. This kind of irrational, emotional, and reckless behavior will linger in the minds of voters come November 2020. He is going off the rails and is getting closer to crazy with each passing day. Governing by retaliation.
IMO, this will do for the GOP in 2020 what their Proposition 187 did for them in 1994. The backlash will be terminal to the career of the Republican who endorses Trump's blatantly vindictive plan.
I have a personal interest in this because my daughter and her family live in SoCal. However, a normal president would take care to make sure ALL Americans have clean air to breathe. Trump is not normal. He's nuts.
Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama.
The announcement that the White House will revoke one of California’s signature environmental policies will come while Mr. Trump is traveling in the state, where he is scheduled to attend fund-raisers in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.
The formal revocation of California’s authority to set its own rules on tailpipe pollution — the United States’ largest source of greenhouse emissions — will be announced Wednesday afternoon at a private event at the Washington headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to two people familiar with the matter.