President Barack Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to review whether to grant California and 13 other states the right to impose a 30 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions.

At a 15-minute ceremony [on Jan. 26], Obama signed an executive order directing the EPA to revisit the December 2007 denial by the Bush Administration of California’s request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act to impose a steep cut in tailpipe emissions by 2016.

“Year after year, decade after decade we’ve chosen delay over decisive action,” Obama told an East Room audience at the White House. “Rigid ideology has overruled sound science, special interest have overshadowed common sense.”

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