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Schwarzenegger Shores Up Environmental Credentials

With opposition growing among Democrats statewide, Governor Schwarzenegger moved today to shore up his environmental credentials by touting the reinstatement of a program to take older, polluting autos off the road.

With a Sacramento-area auto yard as the backdrop, Schwarzenegger announced the state is again offering one-thousand dollars to car owners who voluntarily retire older vehicles that cannot meet the state´s smog control standards. The goal is to take as many as 15-thousand high polluting vehicles off the road annually over the next ten years.

The buyback program was suspended two years ago for budget reasons but was re-established in September after the passage of a bill by then-Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara.

At the Rancho Cordova news conference today, the governor said, “This will pay big dividends for California. Clean air makes our state a more desirable place to live, visit or locate a business.”