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Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Sue their Brains Out!

    12-19-07 by dugan

     

    The ink wasn’t dry on President Bush’s energy bill signature today when the White House denied California’s
    waiver request to enforce its greenhouse emissions law. Obviously this
    was a signed-and-sealed plan. The timing precluded any move by Congress
    to help California and the 16 other states that want stricter auto
    emission laws.

    Good for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who immediately vowed to file suit to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency ruling.

    Every single candidate for president should also stand up and promise
    to restore the right of California and other states to enforce
    their own clean air laws. Those who fail to speak will hear a lot of
    silence from California voters on primary day, Feb. 5.

    Atty Gen. Jerry
    Brown, who executed California’s  earlier suit to establish the EPA’s
    legal right to give California a waiver to enforce its law, won his
    case this year before the Supreme Court. Given that California has led
    the nation since the 1966 on clean-air laws, and proved its right to
    act independently of the federal government, the EPA decision seems
    like nothing more than a deliberate slap that will succeed only in
    delaying a law that goes into effect much faster than the energy bill’s
    auto mileage  standards. While he’s at it, Brown should sue to rename
    the EPA. How about BADBOY, the Big Auto Defender and Big Oil Yesman?

    The
    White House argument was that the new energy bill’s mileage standards,
    going fully into effect in 2020, are just as good as California’s law,
    going into effect in 2016. The four-year difference is a big one in a
    state whose citizens actually believe in global warming and object
    choking on vehicle smog. Enforcement could also be tougher in
    California. Automakers have met California’s standards before and can
    do it again, despite their incessant whining. 

    The even bigger issue is California’s right to act. If this ruling stands, it’s another victory for the imperial presidency.

    In truth, we should have seen this coming. When Sen. Dianne Feinstein could muster only a powerless "statement" in defense of California’s law as the energy debate wound down, it should have been a clue. 

     

     

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