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January 26th, 2009
09:15 AM ET

Obama to let states set auto emission rules

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/26/obama.emissions/art.traffic.gi.jpg caption="California and 13 other states would be permitted to set their emission standards under President Obama's plan."]

Fourteen states will be able to mandate greater auto fuel efficiency than the federal government requires under a plan that President Obama will announce on Monday, a senior administration official said.

Obama will do so by directing the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a waiver for the states to allow them to set their own standards for emissions, the official said.

The waiver was denied under former President George W. Bush.

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  1. Cindy

    So...what if these states up and decide to make their standards lower than the norm? After all he did just give them the right to set the emissions rule where ever they want it at right!? He better know now that every state is going to petition for this waiver. It's really not fair for one state to be able to set their rules and another not. Obama ought to have just made it where every state sets their own rules not just the chosen few!

    Cindy..Ga.

    January 26, 2009 at 10:09 am |