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The auto industry got some White House support this week in an ongoing legal case in Vermont over states' rights to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The White House filed a friend-of-the-court brief backing the automakers and asking that a federal judge's ruling granting states these rights be set aside. The Justice Department's reasoning is that since the ruling was dependent upon an EPA waiver that California had hoped to receive but was rejected in December, the ruling is invalidated. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell disagrees and said yesterday that, "there's a long way the Bush administration has to go before they're going to uphold the validity of the denial of the waiver. We look forward to that fight," according to USA Today. You can find the administration's amicus brief here. Thanks to Jon for the heads-up.

[Sources: USA Today, Pajamas Media]

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