What we’re reading: Trump speaks out, environmental issues persist


Trump revokes California’s limitation on auto emissions. (AP Images)

By Brooke Appelbaum

EPA plans to revoke California’s right to set vehicle emission standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it’s preparing to revoke California’s right to set their own vehicle emission standards.

The Trump administration will announce the EPA acted against the law by granting the state permission to get around the Clean Air Act and enforcing stricter emission standards than the federal government.

This new change could go into effect as soon as Wednesday.

Trump on late Cokie Roberts: “She never treated me nicely”

FILE- In this April 19, 2017 file photo, Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. ABC announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, that Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, has died. She was 75. AP Photo courtesy of Matt Rourke.

President Trump reacted to the death of political journalist Cokie Roberts, who died yesterday from complications of breast cancer, by saying Roberts “never treated me nicely.”

Roberts, 75, was a journalist for over 40 years who worked in television and public radio. During her lifetime, Roberts was a prominent broadcaster and worked for ABC as a contributor for “This Week with David Brinkley” and later as ABC’s chief congressional analyst.

Speaking to reporters from Air Force One, Trump gave his condolences to Roberts’ family and called Roberts “a real professional,” despite his criticism.

Obama meets with teen climate activist

Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg met with former President Barack Obama Monday as part of her visit to Washington to promote environmental issues.

Thunberg, of Sweden, will testify about the global climate crisis before a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday.

Instead of taking a plane, Thunberg took a yacht from across the Atlantic because it was emissionsfree. She will also speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York next week.

Obama called Thunberg one of the “planet’s greatest advocates,” in a tweet after their meeting.