White House 'pivotal' in Calif. climate case- memo


By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Monday said White House pressure may have influenced the Environmental Protection Agency to reject a bid by California to impose strict limits on emissions from new cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson rejected California's plan on Dec. 19, 2007, despite recommendations from agency staff to approve the tough limits, Democratic staff said in a memo based on five months ...

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