President Trump’s DOJ has filed a federal lawsuit against California for entering into a cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec. Apparently, California thinks that it doesn’t need to comply with the Constitution. In the lawsuit, the DOJ states “”The state of California has veered outside of its proper constitutional lane to enter into an international emissions agreement. The power to enter into such agreements is reserved to the federal government, which must be able to speak with one voice in the area of US foreign policy. California’s unlawful cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec undermines the President’s ability to negotiate competitive agreements with other nations as the President sees fit.”

In Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, it states that the president “shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.” The federal government was created, at least in part, so that the states could speak with one voice internationally. Of course, California thinks differently:

In a statement Wednesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, slammed the cap-and-trade suit as “political retribution” and another example of the Trump administration’s “abysmal record of denying climate change and propping up big polluters.”

“For years our state has proudly participated in a number of environmental partnerships that tackle the devastating effects of climate change to our health and economy. This latest attack shows that the White House has its head in the sand when it comes to climate change and serves no purpose other than continued political retribution,” Newsom said.

Regardless of what Gov. Newsom said, the truth is that the Constitution assigns authorities to specific parts of the government. States weren’t authorized to negotiate international treaties. That authority is given exclusively to the President.

This video highlights as fact that Gov. Newsom isn’t too bright:

Might the higher prices be because California imposes irrational regulations? That’s likely why prices are higher, though Xavier Becerra won’t admit that. Finally, expect California to lose this lawsuit.

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