Sidestepping Regulations: On environment, Bush ignores federalism

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For many years, California's environmental laws have been among the toughest in the nation. Indeed, state laws are often harder on polluters than the federal government's. Our auto-emissions standards are an example: They are so much stricter than those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's that auto manufacturers design their products with California's standards in mind.

Until recently, the federal government had not objected to California establishing its own, stricter environmental guidelines. But the Bush administration, from which one might expect a healthy respect for federalism, has shown no such deference.


Published by SFGate.com.