FROM Zachary Coile
Obama Directs EPA to Review Fuel Standards President Obama today reversed former President Bush and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up the process of reducing greenhouse gases emitted by cars and trucks. After review, the EPA is expected to grant a waiver to California and 13 other states. Zachary Coile reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle .
EPA Blocks California Bid to Limit Emissions from Cars Yesterday, President Bush signed the energy bill , saying it would help deal with climate change. Hours later, his Environmental Protection Agency refused to allow 17 states to set their own vehicle emission standards to help curb global warming. Today when asked how serious he is about fighting greenhouse gases, the President defended the effectiveness of a national, rather than state, environmental policy. California is the leader among states who want to set their own emission standards. Zachary Coile reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle .
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