OK, just when you think that the Bush Administration was being bled dry of its “talent” with people leaving the Ship of State before January 20, 2009, we forget that the real shadow of the shadow government is still alive and kicking: Vice President Dick Cheney.
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, who I’m sure has a nice big SUV at taxpayers’ expense, told California, and other states including Vermont, that they don’t know as much as car industry executives when it comes to regulating tailpipe emissions and rejected their bid to set more stringent standards than the meager ones in place by the feds. While the states plan to sue, and many EPA insiders believe they will win on the merits, what is most disturbing is that despite all the rhetoric the GOP of today really don’t believe in state’s rights.
Johnson’s move to reject the states’ efforts came after Cheney met with car executives. Here’s how the US Guardian reported the story:
The US vice-president, Dick Cheney, was behind a controversial decision to block California’s attempt to impose tough emission limits on car manufacturers, according to insiders at the government Environmental Protection Agency. Staff at the agency, which announced last week that California’s proposed limits were redundant, said the agency’s chief went against their expert advice after car executives met Cheney, and a Chrysler executive delivered a letter to the EPA saying why the state should not be allowed to regulate greenhouse gases.
Check out the full story here.