In a piece in today’s Washington Post, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell said that the action of the federal government “borders on malfeasance” for trying to block the efforts of states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles.
California and the 11 other states that have adopted the California regulations are poised to enact vehicle emissions standards that would cut a total of 392 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to the projected business-as-usual scenario.
Yet for the past 16 months, the Environmental Protection Agency has refused to give us permission to do so. Even after the Supreme Court ruled in our favor last month, the federal government continues to stand in our way.
Another discouraging sign came just last week, when President Bush issued an executive order to give federal agencies until the end of 2008 to continue studying the threat of greenhouse gas emissions and determine what can be done about them.
To us, that again sounds like more of the same inaction and denial, and it is unconscionable.—Governors Schwarzenegger and Rell
Noting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “finally” holding the first of two hearings on the waiver request (earlier post), the governors welcomed the opportunity to call attention to the harmful effects of global warming, but said that they “are far from convinced” that the agency will grant the waiver.
Should that occur, the governors said, legal action will follow to “settle this issue once and for all.”
California, Connecticut and a host of like-minded states are proving that you can protect the environment and the economy simultaneously.
It’s high time the federal government becomes our partner or gets out of the way.