Carmakers take anti-Cali talking points to ‘Blue Dog’ House Democrats
It’s no secret that American auto companies are working overtime to impede California’s ability to set its own tailpipe emission standards. They’ve had a few setbacks in court, but they’ve got the U.S. EPA in their back pocket — witness Johnson’s refusal to grant Cali’s waiver.
There’s been some talk recently about Congress overriding Johnson, so car companies are now doing a full-court lobbying press on Congress. Recently they briefed the so-called "Blue Dog" conservative House Democrats using this Powerpoint presentation (1.15 MB).
It’s got all the standard tropes, including the frequently debunked but zombie-like "patchwork" argument. Take a look to get a sense of the state of play on the latest anti-Cali agitprop.
Auto companies want the House to use its global warming bill to preempt California standards, and as long as Dingell is the gatekeeper for that bill, they’ll have a friendly ear. Let’s hope Pelosi knows how to fight back.