U.S. Trying to Block Calif. on Emissions
By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 25, 2007; A03
. . . California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(R) has threatened to sue if EPA does not rule on the waiver by Oct. 22. . .
. . . One May 22 e-mail written by Jeff Shane, undersecretary of transportation for policy, outlined how Transportation Secretary Mary Peters
orchestrated the campaign. Peters “asked that we develop some ideas asap about facilitating a pushback from governors (esp. D’s) and others opposed to piecemeal regulation of emissions, as per CA’s waiver petition,” Shane wrote. “She has heard that such objections could have an important effect on the way Congress looks at the issue.”
Just how “the issue comes in the context” of President Bush‘s call to cut gasoline use by 20 percent by using alternative fuels and increasing fuel efficiency for cars and trucks squares with administration unwillingness to let the states enhance that context, is anyone’s guess. Except over on K-Street, where the auto industry has the president’s ear. Not only his ear, but his sense of how government operates in a free society.
Here we go again, folks. Go get ’em, Arnold.