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Greenhouse gas measure is dropped

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under pressure from fellow Democrats, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., on Monday dropped a measure to block California and 11 other states from regulating “greenhouse” gas emissions from automobiles. Californians including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had opposed the language in a draft bill released this month by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It would have barred the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a waiver for a state to impose auto pollution standards if the new requirements are “designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Dingell, the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., wrote in a memo to committee members Monday that they would postpone until the fall consideration of the language on the California waiver as well as several other controversial provisions – on fuel economy, the promotion of liquefied coal as a motor fuel and the creation of a low-carbon fuel standard. “These issues are important, and we are committed to addressing them and others when we take up comprehensive climate change legislation in the fall,” they wrote. “This will also give us the needed time to achieve consensus on these issues if at all possible.” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Pelosi and Dingell were talking but the speaker hadn’t yet decided whether to support his new approach. “The speaker and Chairman Dingell are continuing discussions on this proposal, but the speaker has made no decisions at this time,” Hammill said. Pelosi aims to have an energy legislation package ready for the House to consider after the Fourth of July holiday. California has been battling the federal EPA for two years to get permission to implement a state law that would require automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide, by 25 percent from cars and 18 percent from SUVs by the 2009 model year. California can’t implement the law without a special waiver from the EPA, which the agency has refused to say whether it will grant. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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