What the Feds give up in control and reviews have had mostly Democratic led states pick up in regulating….
The split has been decades in the making, with states that voted for President Donald Trump growing increasingly angry about the expanding role of the federal government and blue states pressing for tighter regulations to deal with greenhouse gases and other pollutants that threaten air and water. But Trump’s dramatic deregulatory agenda has prompted many states to accelerate their own efforts to curb pollution.
The result: In an increasing number of practical ways, industries such as electric power, automaking, farming and refrigeration must simultaneously operate both in Trump’s America and in a much more liberal country. Besides worsening an already-ugly division between Republican- and Democratic-led states, the trend also threatens to burden many of the same businesses that Trump says he’s trying to help.
“I’m not surprised about this trend,” said Dallas Burtraw, a senior fellow at the think tank Resources for the Future. “The way the red-blue divide is occurring increasingly seems like the policies at the state level are aligning with the politics.”