Go get ’em Arnold! He’s promising to sue the feds over their recent refusal of the EPA to grant California a waiver, allowing them to set stricter standards for emissions than the federal government requires. President Bush, again angering small government types like me, shows a lack of understanding of states rights stunning for a former governor …
“Is it more effective to let each state make a decision as to how to proceed in curbing greenhouse gases? Or is it more effective to have a national strategy?”
Of course, his answer ignores the fact that California wants STRICTER standards, that presumably would be more effective in cutting emissions, the supposed point of the feds recent bill. It ignores the 10th Amendment too, but I think we can say we’re all used to that by now. And in truth, it quite likely WOULD be MUCH more effective for each state to set their own standard. A federal standard has to encompass not only smog-choked cities like Los Angeles, but also the largely rural areas like the Dakotas where emissions are not nearly as concerning. With that idea in mind, you’d think the federal bill would end up being not nearly strict enough for LA, and overly strict for the Dakotas and how many other states.
Dang, this government has become the biggest of big governments, intruding on states rights on all kinds of issues. From medical marijuana to assisted suicide to now emissions standards, the era of big brother is here.