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Sherman's Right to Clean Vehicles Act Incorporated In Obama Plan to Reduce Vehicle Emissions

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Location: Washington, DC

Sherman's Right to Clean Vehicles Act Incorporated In Obama Plan to Reduce Vehicle Emissions

Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-27) applauded President Barack Obama's decision to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the Bush Administration's past rejection of California's request for a waiver to adopt stricter automobile greenhouse gas emissions standards than those required by national rules - a move that is consistent with legislation Sherman proposed during this and the previous Congress.

"By allowing California to institute stricter regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, President Obama is living up to campaign promises and acting with the best interest of the planet," said Congressman Brad Sherman. "This decision truly represents the kind of change from the recent past that Californians need. We need to seek greater, not lesser, emission standards if we hope to stem the tide of global warming and to keep our air clean."

Last year, with record high fuel prices and the overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming, Sherman and his colleagues introduced the Right to Clean Vehicles Act to immediately grant California's Clean Air Act waiver request, which Bush's EPA denied, and give an additional twelve states the authority to implement tailpipe emission standards. Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

"The purpose of the Right to Clean Vehicles Act was to grant California's waiver request so that California and other states could impose stronger vehicle mileage standards. It appears that the Obama Administration will now grant the waiver that the Bush Administration denied, thus effectuating the purpose of my bill," said Congressman Brad Sherman.

The EPA denied California's waiver request on December 19, 2007 after considering it since 2005. A number of other states are impacted by the decision, including, but not limited to Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The Governors of Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Utah have also committed to the standards.

According to the Washington Post, granting a waiver for California to regulate tailpipe emissions would affect nearly half the U.S. auto market.

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