United States Files Lawsuit Against State of California for Unlawful Cap and Trade Agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec

This is not a joke.  The State of California created a trade agreement and an environmental agreement with a foreign country.  Even though this is the purview of the Federal government, California by negotiating and signing this agreement declared it is independent of the United States.  The next step is for Sacramento to apply for membership in the United Nations.  Thankfully, the Trump Administration is suing California to step this abuse of the Constitution.

“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 U.S. foreign policy,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “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.”

The Trump haters in Sacramento hate Trump and the United States.  This is just one example of California seceding from the Union.

United States Files Lawsuit Against State of California for Unlawful Cap and Trade Agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec

U.S. Department of Justice,  10/23/19 

The United States today filed a civil complaint against the state of California, several of its officers, the California Air Resources Board, and the Western Climate Initiative Inc., for unlawfully entering a cap and trade agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec.

“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 U.S. foreign policy,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “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.”

The Supreme Court has recognized that the interests of cities, counties and states, and the American people as a whole, requires the federal power in foreign relations to be reposed exclusively in the federal government, keeping it free from local interference.

According to the complaint, filed today in the Eastern District of California, the defendants have pursued or are attempting to pursue an independent foreign policy in the area of greenhouse gas regulation.  The Constitution prohibits states from making treaties or compacts with foreign powers, yet California entered into a complex, integrated cap-and-trade program with the Canadian province of Quebec in 2013 without congressional approval.

California’s agreement with Quebec, which the Western Climate Initiative facilitates (and where the Western Climate Initiative’s board is run by California and Quebec governmental actors), interferes with the proper execution of these federal responsibilities.  Accordingly, today’s complaint asks the court to uphold the exclusive role of the federal government in conducting our foreign policy by declaring the agreement — and related statutes and regulations —unconstitutional, and enjoining their operation.

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Comments

  1. How about this. A basic construct of the Constitution taught repeatedly in elementary and high school and the Democrats don’t get it.

    The reason the first attempt at creating this country the right to interstate commerce and foreign country treaties was not clearly stated. The current Constitution states with not exception the Dem’s of Calif. are really, really, really, wrong and attempting to do what the Democrats of the 1860’s failed to do with the Civil War.

    Wow, and you would vote for a Democrat why?

    Don’t have a choice you like … vote No Confidence.

  2. Totallyfedup says

    California is an embarrassment to the USA and the world.
    The other 49 states should vote California out of the union.

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