Obama to Let States Set Car Emission Standards

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) President Barack Obama is poised to let California and other states control their own car tailpipe emissions.

An official familiar with Obama’s decision said the president will reveal the policy tomorrow.

California and at least 13 other states want waivers from the federal clean air act so that they can impose stiffer air pollution standards than the federal government.

The Bush administration denied the states that permission.

Despite that denial, last year Gov. Bill Ritter directed the State Health department to start developing a plan to cut tailpipe emissions in Colorado. He told officials to take into account vehicle costs, high altitude driving conditions, and the potential short and long-term cost savings for consumers.

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