SAN FRANCISCO California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said on Thursday that he would sue the U.S.
government for not granting a waiver that would allow his state
to enforce new standards on motor vehicle emissions.
California needs the waiver from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to implement a state law requiring automakers
to cut tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent on 2009
Sixteen other states either have adopted or are considering
rules similar to California's standard.
"I am extremely disappointed by EPA's decision to block the
will of millions of people in California and 16 other states
who want us to take tough action against global warming,"
Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
"I have no doubt that we will prevail because the law,
science, and the public's demand for leadership are on our
side," Schwarzenegger said.
On Wednesday, the Bush administration announced that the
EPA would not grant the waiver because an energy bill signed
hours earlier makes unnecessary further action on carbon
dioxide emissions from vehicles.
The EPA found that the national law, which raises
automobile fuel standards by 40 percent by 2020, was a "better
approach" than a "patchwork" of state rules.
(Reporting by Amanda Beck; editing by Patricia Zengerle)