Environment & Energy Report

Trump Isn’t Wrong About California’s Smog. But He’s Not Helping

Oct. 2, 2019, 8:00 AM

California has the toughest environmental laws in the nation but smog still shrouds Los Angeles on many days -- a fact that has drawn criticism from both President Donald Trump and environmentalists.

But that’s where their agreement ends.

The president has turned California into a political punching bag, relentlessly attacking the state for unleashing “tremendous pollution” into the air and water. Environmentalists say his administration, which is trying to strip away two of the state’s weapons for fighting the problem, bears some of the blame.

“California needs to do more, and to meet clean air standards, we’re going to have...

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