Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Bush fuel-economy rules called an 'assault' on states' standards

Link to article at SFGate.com
When the Bush administration announced proposed regulations today to raise fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015, even some environmentalists applauded. But then they read the fine print.

Tucked deep into a 417-page "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" was language by the Transportation Department stating that more stringent limits on tailpipe emissions embraced by California and 17 other states are "an obstacle to the accomplishment" of the new federal standards and are "expressly and impliedly preempted" by federal law.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown called it a "covert assault" on California's rules. Environmentalists said the language will be used by automakers in their legal challenges to two recent federal court rulings that sided with the states.
Whether mis-managing a baseball team in Texas or our whole country from Washington, everything this sleaze bag and his cronies are involved with has an air of corruption, immorality, or outright criminality.
- Frank

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