News Update: Obama Directs EPA to Reconsider Bush Era Denial of Auto Emissions Waiver
President Barack Obama on Monday signed two presidential memoranda taking on environmental issues either ignored or abused by the Bush administration:
- A first memorandum directing Lisa Jackson and the EPA to reconsider the denial of a waiver allowing California and 17 other states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Granting the waiver is consistent with initial EPA staff recommendations.
- A second memorandum calling for Department of Transportation chief Ray Lahood to begin formulating regulations to comply with a law passed in 2007 mandating a 40% improvement in the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 2040.
For more information on Obama's memorandum signing, read my post on TriplePundit.