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Obama to EPA: Let California Set Fuel Efficiency Standards

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Today President Obama is asking the EPA to reverse a previous Bush-era move that "stopped California and more than a dozen other states from setting their own stricter limits on auto emissions," reports the LA Times.If the EPA accepts Obama's request for a waiver, 14 states, including California, will be able to put in place more strident regulations regarding fuel efficiency standards. These states could require automakers to increase the efficiency in the cars and trucks they produce and sell--a triumph for environmentalists and a campaign promise met from Obama.

California has been at the forefront of the auto emissions issue; a year ago following Bush's refusal of states setting their own standards, the state sued the EPA. Less than a week ago, on Obama's first day at work, California's Governor Schwarzenegger sent him a letter asking that he work quickly to restore our states' abilities to "continue the critical work of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on global climate change."