Gov. Schwarzenegger To EPA: "I'll Be Back" If CA Greenhouse Gas Regs Not Approved
EPA Better Watch Out, We've Seen This Movie
Better World Club Has Been Following This Story Since 2002
In 2002, then-Governor Gray Davis signed off
on a bill that would reduce 25% of greenhouse gas emissions by cars
sold in California by 2009. Under this plan, carbon dioxide emissions
would be cut by 30% by 2016. So far, so good, right? Unfortunately,
the EPA has refused to grant the necessary waiver that the state
first requested in December 2005.
Better World Club first reported on this story in the very
first issue of Kicking Asphalt ever. The inaugural "AAA
Watch" article cites AAAs concerns about the
environmentally progressive legislation, and reaffirms BWCs
support for it, the only auto club to do so at the time.
Now, fast-forward four and a half years. Gray Davis' successor,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, has taken up this cause, and finally, after
all this time, momentum is starting to build in the Governators
favor. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the EPA must determine
whether vehicle emissions are harmful to humans, and, if so, the
agency would then be required to regulate emissions under the federal
Clean Air Act.
This ruling led to EPA Chief Stephen L. Johnsons testimony
before a congressional committee last week. Senators hammered Johnson,
repeatedly asking when the EPA would move on the Supreme Court ruling
and Californias waiver request.
With apparently no other foot-dragging options left to him, Johnson
is actually going to comply with the will of California residents
and US law and hold a public hearing on the waiver on May 22 (presumably
2007, but based on past experience, who knows?).
In addition to the article written in 2002, Better World Club featured
an email and letter writing campaign to Administrator Johnson in
2006 edition of Driving Change, BWCs action alert
enewsletter. Even though we launched the campaign last November,
Kicking Asphalt readers can still support it by checking out BWC's
Activism page and sending Johnson an email. All you have
to do is choose California Clean Air Act Exception from
the subject field and help BWC help the EPA to make the right decision.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, though he doesnt have a snazzy
action alert email like ours, is doing his part to keep the pressure
on the EPA, stating that he will sue its pants off if they fail
to respond to California's request to regulate auto emissions. The
EPA has until October to respond.