Bush to California: drop dead.

Author:Motavalli, Jim
Position:THIS WEEK - George W. Bush; carbon dioxide emission reduction - Brief article

December 21, 2007

After keeping the state in suspense for months, the Bush administration finally did what was expected and denied California the right to set its own rules for carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks. The December 19 ruling from Environmental Protection Administrator Stephen L. Johnson denied not only California, but the 16 states that follow its lead, the opportunity to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and respond to the reality of global warming.

"The Bush Administration is moving forward with a clear national solution, not a confusing patchwork of state rules," Johnson said in a conference call with reporters. But Clean Air Watch's Frank O'Donnell points out that the notion of a "confusing patchwork" is "baloney". He says: "Johnson is implying (as the car companies have in their misleading rhetoric) that there are lots of different state standards. This is false. There is only the California standard, which other states by law can adopt." These 17 states represent half the...

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