U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Authority Upheld for Clean Air Act

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) in Washington D.C. June 10, 2010.
Photo Courtesy Justin Short.

Just when people and pundits had been saying that the Climate and Energy bill traveling through the Senate wouldn't get anywhere near the attention that the Dems' pet Health Bill received, the Gulf Oil Gusher, our nation's worst environmental disaster to date, hit. 

The terrible upside to disasters is that they spotlight disastrous situations and systemic failures and weak links.

Meeting this past Thursday in Washington D.C., California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with Henry A. Waxman, co-author of the Waxman-Markey Bill who also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee (D-California) and also U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

Schwarzenegger and Sebelius in D.C. Photo Courtesy Justin Short.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that he applauds the U.S. Senate for blocking the Murkowski resolution and upholding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to fight global climate change by enforcing the Clean Air Act and the new federal vehicle emissions standard modeled after California’s nation-leading standard:


“I applaud the U.S. Senate for rejecting this attempt to block national clean energy efforts, even as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of trying to go backwards, Congress should be helping the nation move forward and prepare for the clean energy economy of the 21st century.


“California is leading the way in enacting ambitious policies and programs that are reducing our dependency on oil, growing our green economy and combating climate change. And, because of our forward-thinking policies, some of the most advanced technology companies in the world are investing in California and creating jobs. I urge Congress to continue moving forward to pass a comprehensive federal clean energy plan this year.”


Earlier this week in California's gubernatorial primaries, Meg Whitman, former CEO of EBay, cruised into the top spot as Republican candidate for the upcoming General Election. Jerry Brown runs as the Democratic candidate.

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