California AG Criticizes Amendment to Energy Legislation

Charging that the auto industry is working to "sabotage California's landmark greenhouse gas law," California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. criticized a proposed energy bill amendment and called upon the U.S. House to reject any effort to block state authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Brown joined 13 states and the City of New York in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, voicing strong opposition to "troublesome language that may be used to eliminate existing Clean Air Act authority to address global warming, including California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions standards."

In a statement explaining why he opposes the Hill-Terry Amendment, commonly referred to as H.R. 2927, Brown said: "California could be crippled by this brazen attempt to pre-empt our state emissions standards. The auto industry is working to sabotage California's landmark greenhouse gas law."

A vote on amendments to the bill is expected on Aug. 3. The letter can be accessed in PDF format at http://ag.ca.gov/cms_pdfs/press/2007-08-01_LettertoSpeaker.pdf.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

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