(Recasts, EPA, California comments, background) WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The Bush administration said late on Wednesday it would deny California's application to set a strict vehicle emissions standard to fight global warming, a setback for environmentalists and a victory for automakers. "It is my intent to deny the waiver," Stephen Johnson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said in a conference call with reporters. "I needed to make an independent ...
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