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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

California Waiver For Emissions Standards

January 27, 2009

January 26, 2009.   Mr. Speaker, I rise to urge the President not to waive the Federal law on emission standards that is currently protecting Californians from Governor Schwarzenegger's crusade to save our planet by destroying our economy. Putting aside the highly questionable junk science behind the Governor's proposal, the net effect would add up to $5,000 to the price of a new car.

Automobile sales normally account for one-fifth of California's sales taxes, which have already fallen by $1 1/2 billion over the past 12 months. Ironically, the Governor's also asking the President to bail out California's growing budget deficit at the same time.

So I would respectfully suggest to the President that California's economic folly is not something that he should be copying.