EPA politics and California

The Bush administration must hate the state of California with a passion bordering on fanaticism. First the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the Department of Energy declares most of southern California a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. Then the EPA ruled against California and 16 other states in their request to waive federal requirements on carbon dioxide emissions right after Bush signed the new energy bill into law.

Well, today, ThinkProgress has news that EPA administrator Stephen Johnson, the guy who rejected California’s request for a waiver, issued his rejection over the recommendations of his own staff. The EPA staff apparently thought that they’d win a likely lawsuit against the automakers but lose to the state of California (and 16 other states).

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