Following up this post, the Bush Administration and its stooges in the EPA blocked California efforts to regulate emissions.
Following a court decision in favor of the state, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson denied the petition, claiming that language in the Clean Air Act allowed him to do so. However, it turns out that the legal consensus inside and outside the EPA was that barring the petition was not likely to hold up in court (lets hope it doesn’t stand).
Democrats will investigate whether the EPA head made the ruling without consulting legal and scientific facts, (he released his denial before staff drafted the reasoning). Governor Schwarzenegger is furious at the Bush administration for this ruling, and plans to file an appeal within 3 weeks. 15 states are ready to or are planning on accepting these standards once the waiver is granted.