Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to repeal California’s long-standing right to regulate its own air quality. The state’s rights to set their own standards have been in place for 50 years, driving major improvements in vehicles’ fuel efficiency and thereby lowering their toxic emissions. In fact, California’s standards have been so successful that 14 other states have adopted them. Taking away California’s waiver could result in Americans paying more at the pump and suffering more from increased air pollution, because the federal government’s standards are weaker than those set by California.
We don’t know if President Trump will listen, but we need to tell him that taking away California’s right to fight smog is an unpopular move. This week, write the president a simple message asking him to let California keep its waiver under the Clean Air Act.