WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defending his refusal to let California set limits on the greenhouse gas emissions of automobiles, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted before a Senate committee last week that climate change posed no “compelling and extraordinary” risk to the state.
Describing such change as “not unique to” and “not exclusive to California,” the agency’s administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, called it “a global problem requiring a global solution or, at least at a minimum, a national solution.”
Fifteen states have signed on to follow California’s lead in regulating automobile emissions, and the governors of three of them — Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont — testified before the committee Thursday that attacking the problem was essential for their residents and the world as a whole.
The states are suing to overturn Mr. Johnson’s decision last year to deny California a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act that would allow the emission regulation.
“If the administration will not work for responsible federal action in this regard,” said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a committee member and the author of a global warming bill, “I believe at the very least it should stay out of the road that many state governments are taking for real forward-looking action to protect our citizens from global warming.”
SOURCE: New York Times