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Obama’s E.P.A. To Reconsider California’s Emissions Waiver Request

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger spent a portion of his Monday afternoon praising the Obama administration for its promise to review California´s request to set its own tailpipe emission standards.

Stated the governor, “Today I got great news from Washington. President Obama ordered his Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider California´s request to set our own tailpipe emission standards and to complete its review. The President´s action is a great victory for California and also for clean air around the nation and for generations to come.”

Schwarzenegger added, “This has been a long and difficult struggle. It started in 2001 when then Assemblywoman Fran Pavley worked on this and authored this bill. It was then signed by Governor Davis in 2002. Then it went on like this until the Air Board then adopted it in 2004. And in 2005 we then requested a waiver from the federal government and of course the idea was that, with AB 1493 that we cut down our greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent by the year 2012 and by 30 percent in 2016. We met a lot of obstacles over the years. When we faced no alternative we sued the federal government and let them know that we would not stop until we prevailed.”

The governor concluded, “This has absolutely nothing to do in punishing the automakers. As a matter of fact what we wanted to do is just give them a little push to be innovative and to develop new techniques that will ultimately make better cars that will be more competitive around the world.”

Written by Bill Johnson