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Writing in The Washington Post May 21, Governor Schwarzenegger and Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell, also a Republican, blasted the EPA and the Bush administration for "inaction and denial" on climate change, which, they said, "borders on malfeasance." They added:

"By continuing to stonewall California's request, the federal government is blocking the will of tens of millions of people in California, Connecticut, and other states who want their government to take real action on global warming."

At an EPA hearing May 22 to consider the request by California and 10 other states, California Attorney General Jerry Brown threatened to sue the EPA for blocking California's vehicle pollution plan. Said Mr. Brown, as quoted by San Diego public radio station KPBS:

"In ordinary politics they are talking about immigration and Iraq – very serious – but from a long-term perspective, the threat of oil dependency and global climate disruption is much more threatening, much more difficult to deal with, and we gotta get going."

A lone voice of opposition at the hearing came from an auto industry representative.

"A patchwork of state-level fuel economy regulations, as is now proposed by California, is not simply unnecessary, it's patently counterproductive," said Steve Douglas of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The state's waiver request "contains many assumptions and undocumented claims" about its benefits in countering global warming, he said in an Associated Press account of the hearing.

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