Posted by Tim Dowling
Inside EPA reports on a new twist EPA Administrator Johnson is using to justify his denial of a waiver for California’s greenhouse pollution limits on new cars and trucks. After reiterating his position that his denial was appropriate because global warming is not a problem “unique” to California, Johnson stated: “Every time a governor or state representative talks about the need to address climate change they are actually making my very point on the California waiver.”
Actually, Mr. Johnson, the Clean Air Act expressly authorizes other states to adopt the California limits to address environmental harm within their borders. When state officials talk about their desire to adopt the California program and other measures to address global warming, they are doing nothing other than evidencing a plain reading of their authorities under the Act.