California legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions by motor vehicles has stalled, demonstrating that the automotive industry's lobbying muscle may be as effective in state capitals as it is in Washington.
The California Assembly and Senate both have passed the bill, aimed mostly at curbing carbon dioxide. The Assembly only needs to accept Senate changes to send it to the governor, but sponsors say they are suspending efforts to win that final vote - at least for now.
Phil Isenberg, lobbyist for automakers, warned that the bill still could come up at any time, and the industry needs to stay vigilant.
Automakers, dealers and their allies contend that the legislation is a thinly disguised attempt to create fuel economy standards at the state level, and that it would deny people vehicles they want and need.