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States vow to back Calif. against Bush

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- From Oregon to Maine, a multistate groundswell emerged yesterday behind California's struggle to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions law.

One day after the Bush administration blocked the law, governors and other officials from at least eight states pledged to help California as it prepares to sue the administration.

"We're going to be out there on California's side," Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski said in an interview. "The only way we're going to get the national administration to move on this is to keep up the pressure."

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said the support of multiple governors, plus members of Congress, could...