California's clean air board - a thorn in the industry's side for decades - is surviving an effort to abolish it.
Industry leaders, representing automakers and dealers, say that's fine with them. They insist they were not behind an attempt to kill the California Air Resources Board.
The industry's willingness to coexist with CARB comes despite the board's September adoption of landmark climate change rules. Critics say those standards would devastate the industry, especially if Canada and Northeastern states also enact them.
CARB appeared in July on a list of more than 100 agencies that might be eliminated or merged into other parts of California's government.
The list was part of a cost-cutting and streamlining plan assembled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff.