For Immediate Release
Obama Administration Wise to Uphold California’s Right to Regulate Vehicle Emissions
Statement of Lena Pons, Policy Analyst, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division*
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today that
it will allow California to enforce greenhouse gas emissions standards
for motor vehicles is a major step forward in combating global climate
change. California passed its standards in 2005 but could not enforce
them until today’s decision.
The decision rightly reverses a Bush administration order to block
the California standards and resolves years of legal challenges
including a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established carbon
dioxide as an air pollutant and several lawsuits brought by automakers.
It allows California, 13 states and the District of Columbia to achieve
greenhouse gas reductions from motor vehicles at a faster pace than
those required by the new federal fuel economy standards for model year
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We applaud the early action of California and other states. These
efforts demonstrate states’ effectiveness as laboratories for
innovative policy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from motor
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