Thursday, December 20, 2007

Federal Government to California: You're Making Us Look Bad

California is one of the States leading the way towards lowering car emissions responsible for Global Warming. While it's great that a Federal bill was passed recently setting a higher MPG benchmark (35 mpg) by 2020, one must realize this benchmark was a target for the mid-1980's during the early 1970s oil crisis and the technology already exists to get there. Look up 1980s car commercials on YouTube -- you'll find cars advertising 35 mpg. Basically, the administration is trying to get credit for taking action while caving to industry pressure. California has never been turned down before for having higher standards than the rest of the country, but today the historically corrupt Environmental Protection Agency announced they were rejecting California's request:
“The Bush administration is moving forward with a clear national solution – not a confusing patchwork of state rules,” EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters on a conference call. “I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone.”
Mr. Johnson, what is so confusing? If states want to do a better job than you, then adjust your Clean Air Bill appropriately. These States are challenging you to do a better job, to start joining the rest of world in reducing the impact of Global Warming. There is no confusion; you don't want to take real action and you don't want these States to make life difficult for your friends in the energy and auto industries.

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posted by Brian at 9:03 AM

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