Pelosi in climate actionJune 6, 2007 at 12:01 pm | Posted in California, Climate action, Congress, Emissions standards, EPA | Leave a comment
Pelosi scuttles warming challenge
Dems’ plan would have blocked state’s greenhouse limits
Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
(06-06) 04:00 PDT Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responding to pressure from California officials and environmentalists, has slapped down a new proposal by top House Democrats that would have wiped out California’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases from cars and trucks.
In a brief but pointed statement Tuesday night, the San Francisco Democrat said, “Any proposal that affects California’s landmark efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or eliminates the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will not have my support.”
Her message was a shot at two House Democrats — Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., both leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee who have been crafting new energy legislation that would have thwarted the state’s ability to set tougher-than-federal standards to cut vehicle emissions.
Her opposition means the proposal will never make it to the House floor.
An energy plan full of smoke
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
IT STRAINS reality — even the reality of Washington politics — to think that some Democrats would attempt to float an energy bill that would derail global-warming controls or higher mileage standards.
Yet a congressional panel — dominated by smokestack-state Democrats — is headed in this wrong-way direction. An early-stage portion of the party’s energy bill would roll back a series of climate-control measures in ways usually favored by the White House.
The ingredient catching the most fire would bar smog-choked states from setting tougher tailpipe emission rules than the federal norm. A total of 12 states, including California, are lined up for such waivers, which carry a powerful message to Detroit to build cleaner-burning vehicles. For two years, California has fought the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the right to set its own pollution standards.
This statehouse rebellion against lax Washington clean-air enforcement is a major issue with environmentalists, state agencies and politicians, including some Republicans such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.