This line, in particular. Yes, I know that pollution used to be awful, but this statement is a bit over the top, don't you think?
Is it? Or is there a reason why California is consistently first in the USA and often first worldwide on environmental protection initiatives, and we have to shame the rest of the country into adopting them years later when they have precisely the problems we already have had, and predicted for them? We have to fight tooth and nail to even be permitted to set our own standards, and who do we have to fight? Damned near the rest of the nation. So there's a few states that give a shit about the environment, but most of them don't even do a good job of pretending.