Sunday, July 28, 2019

Clean Air and the Constitution

Editorial of The New York Sun | July 27, 2019

What a cornucopia of constitutional questions is on offer in the battle looming between America and 13 states over automobile pollution standards. It has burst into the news with the decision of four automakers to defy the federal government's efforts to relax regulation of pollution and instead bow -- after what the New York Times calls "secret negotiations" -- to California and other states that want to maintain tighter regulations.

This is happening as part of the resistance to the decision of the voters in 2016. They elected, in Donald Trump, a president committed more generally to rolling back overly strict environmental standards. We sense that the automobile emissions fight could end up in the Supreme Court, with a decision that, like the border wall ruling in favor of Mr. Trump, confounds the Democrats and vindicates the deep Constitution...............Continue Reading

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