Arnold Schwarznegger has condemned Donald Trump over his unprecedented rollback of environmental protections, particularly his move against California’s regulation of automobile emissions.
“It’s wrong,” the Terminator star and two-term governor wrote in an opinion column for the Washington Post that was pointedly headlined: “Trump can’t erase a decade of clean-air progress with a Sharpie.”
That was a reference to the furore over Trump’s display in the Oval Office last week of a hurricane map apparently altered with a Sharpie, or marker pen, to make a forecast for Hurricane Dorian show it potentially hitting Alabama.
“It’s un-American,” Schwarzenegger said. “And it’s an affront to longstanding conservative principles.”
Schwarzenegger said the Trump administration was “hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress”.
“Whether it is [motivated by] political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy, I couldn’t tell you,” he said.
Describing his anger at moves against California over automobile emissions, Schwarznegger said his state had been a leader in establishing clean air standards since 1967, when his “hero”, Ronald Reagan, was governor.
Schwarzenegger wrote: “We set our standards, and the federal government didn’t just respect our authority, it generally made our rules the standard for the entire nation.”
The same pattern applied to efforts to curb greenhouse gases, he said.
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