Governor Schwarzenegger called it “great news”.
“The President’s action is a great victory for California and also for clean air around the nation and for generations to come…”
Back in 2002, California passed a law requiring automakers to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It set higher standards for auto emissions and fuel efficiency. But the state needs federal approval—in the form of a waiver-- to enforce that. In 2007 regulators denied California’s request, and Schwarzenegger sued. Bernadette Del Chiaro with the group “Environment California” praised the Obama Administration’s move. She expects California’s request to be granted—and that will pave the way for other states.
“We’ve already seen 13 other states plus Washington D.C. adopt California’s standards. So as soon as the Obama Administration grants California its waiver, that waiver will apply to all of those other states. That accounts for over 40-percent of the U-S auto market.”
Car makers have long raised concerns that granting the waiver will create a state-by-state patchwork of regulations. In a statement reacting to the President’s announcement, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers urged a national approach to the issue.
Bernadette Del Chiaro with the group Environment California says she expects the review process for California’s waiver could take up to six