California Waivergate is slowly snow balling into a very big story. Various papers, including the New York Times, are reporting that vice President Dick Cheney met with automakers before the EPA denied California's waiver to regulate tailpipe emissions. Most shocking is this quote from the LA Times:
"Clearly the White House said, 'We're going to get EPA out of the way and get California out of the way. If you give us this energy bill, then we're done, the deal is done,'" said one staffer.

The LA Times also give more detail into exactly how Stephen Johnson, the environmental administrator, ignored his entire staff's call to accept the California waiver including how Johnson cut off contact with his technical staff for the last month and they were not involved in the final decision.

Needless to say, Johnson has got some 'splainin' to do.

[Source: New York Times, LA Times via Think Progress, Raw Story]

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