by Katy Grimes, Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As appearing in the California Globe
Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) sent a message to President Donald Trump on Friday, after the Trump Administration notified California that it is not meeting its environmental standards:
“Trump telling California it is not doing enough for the environment is like Harvey Weinstein telling someone they’re not doing enough to stop sexual harassment. California has the United States’ strongest clean water standards. Trump, by contrast, is rolling back clean water regulations. Back off, hypocrite.”
Trump Administration Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently accused the state of California of failing for decades to “carry out its most basic tasks under the Clean Air Act,” in a recent letter to Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman.
What is remarkable about this is that the EPA chief says California is dramatically out of compliance with basic clean air compliance procedures. Wheeler says that 34 million Californians are living in areas that don’t meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards, a far greater number than any other state.