Governors of eight states oppose legislation
preempting efforts to combat climate change
From the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger
June 7, 2007
The Governors of Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Mexico,
New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington sent the following
letter to Congressman Rick Boucher today opposing his legislation
that would preempt the states' efforts to combat climate change
by enacting regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
June 7, 2007
The Honorable Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Mr. Boucher,
We are writing to express our strong opposition to the June
1, 2007, discussion draft of Alternative Fuels, Infrastructure
and Vehicles. This legislation preempts our states' critical efforts
to combat climate change by enacting regulations that reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. While federal action is necessary and long overdue
on climate change, Congress must not deny states the right to
pursue solutions in the absence of federal policy.
Specifically, this bill will preempt California's passenger
vehicles and light duty truck emission standards, which will reduce
greenhouse emissions by 30 percent. Our states, which collectively
represent more than one-third of the automobile market, have either
adopted or will adopt California's standards. Not only does this
bill deny our right to adopt California's vehicle emissions standards
- a right granted by the federal Clean Air Act - but it eliminates
the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory authority over
greenhouse gasses as a pollutant. This amounts to an about-face
reversal of the Supreme Court decision identifying CO2 as a pollutant
within the scope of the Clean Air Act (Massachusetts v. EPA).
Finally, we are opposed to the bill's delegation of regulatory
authority to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Our states are at the forefront of the effort to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and our nation's dependence on carbon-based fuels.
Climate change is real, and it impacts the public health and welfare
of every American. Congress must preserve states' ability to fight
greenhouse gas emissions now. Going forward, states and the federal
government must collaborate to take even stronger actions against
the continuing threat of climate change.
We urge you to pursue legislation that instead enhances and
complements the efforts already underway in our states.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deval Patrick - California, Massachusetts
Eliot Spitzer, Christine Gregoire - New York, Washington
Bill Richardson, Ted Kulongoski - New Mexico, Oregon
Edward Rendell - Pennsylvania
Janet Napolitano - Arizona