2-26-08 by dugan
Here’s a (not) shocking development. Newly released documents show that the oil buddies at the White House may have interfered in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of California’s new tailpipe standards for greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is investigating the decision, announced in December, which the EPA staff strongly opposed. Here’s an interesting new piece of info:
"In hearings, [EPA administrator Stephen] Johnson has testified that he alone made the decision.
But Boxer said the new documents show that Johnson went to the White
House on May 1 armed with briefing papers supporting California.
" ‘A funny thing happened on the way to the White House,’ Boxer said."
Perhaps Boxer also located a major EPA staff document supporting California, which the EPA said in December it was "unable to find."
So far, the White House hasn’t provided relevant documents also requested by Boxer as chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which is investigating the EPA decision. California and 16 other states were blocked from enacting standards tougher than federal law.