Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger slammed President Trump as “out of his mind” on Thursday for wanting to freeze fuel emission standards and strip the state of the ability to set its own regulations to limit greenhouse gases.
“For 48 years — since one of my heroes, then-governor Ronald Reagan, requested it — California has had a waiver from the federal government to clean our own air,” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Twitter account. “If the President thinks he can win this fight, he’s out of his mind.”
The “Terminator” star said he’s “sick and tired of these fake conservatives who believe in states’ rights to make their own policies — as long as state policy is to pollute more. If you want to clean up your air, they throw federalism right out the window. I’ve had it with the so-called pro-business conservatives who ignore what actual industry leaders say is best for business.”
The Trump administration wants to freeze at proposed 2020 levels Obama-era regulations that would have increased vehicles’ miles-per-gallon requirements to make them more fuel-efficient and cut down on pollution.
The White House claimed the higher standards would have hurt car sales and would result in motorists driving more dangerous older-model cars that don’t have the stricter tailpipe emission rules.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he is already preparing a lawsuit to prevent the Trump administration from rolling back the standards.
“I hope some conservatives with a conscience will act in Washington to defend California’s waiver based on these historic Republican values,” he said. “But if not, I’d remind them that California has won this battle before. We will win again.”
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