A Salute to the Green Car Advisor

By January 11, 2008Global Warming

The Green Car Advisor is a blog from Edmunds, Inc., the car pricing and information publisher that maintains a web presence at Edmunds.com. As the name suggests, the Green Car Advisor reports on the environmental and technology side of the automotive industry.

How interesting that it took a contributor, Scott Doggett, from an online publisher to take what used to be a basic journalistic step when he reported on yesterday’s “field briefing” on the EPA and global warming. With the EPA and Administrator Stephen Johnson under an unrelenting, at times personal attack from those speaking at the Environment and Public Works event, Doggett actually sought comment from the agency.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar denied all of the senator’s allegations. A scheduling conflict prohibited Johnson from attending Thursday’s session, Shradar told Green Car Advisor by phone from Washington, noting that Boxer was the only member of the Senate oversight committee in attendance.

The administrator will make himself available to answer questions during a formal hearing before the full Senate committee that has been scheduled for Jan. 24, Shradar said.

As for not sending a representative to Los Angeles, the spokesman said: “Under the Clean Air Act, the decision of granting or denying a waiver lies solely with the administrator, and staying in that position the administrator decided that he will be the only one to discuss his decision, which he stands by.”

“The key steps for us moving forward is finalizing that decision with a Federal Register notice, possibly as soon as next Tuesday,” Shradar said, adding that the official notice will contain the legal justification for the denial.

Hardly earth-shaking, but good journalism nonetheless. We’ll add you to our browser’s favorites list.

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