by liveoilfree 2,783 views
AB1493, chaptered as statutes of 2002, calls for a 30% reduction in auto emissions of Green House Gases ("GHG", principally CO2) by 2016.
The Auto Makers Alliance is suing the state of california in Fresno Federal Court, claiming that regulating CO2 is tantamount to regulating mpg, pre-empted by the federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency ("CAFE") standards. Of course, the federal standards are very lax, and politically cannot be made stronger (Democrrat Dingell represents the unions, who join with Republicans to defeat any strengthening of that law).
Previous attempts to regulate emissions runs into the Constitutional restriction of interstate trade regulation to the federal government. This was to prevent a patchwork of regulations that stifled trade.
There is also AB32, a new California statute that calls for lowering all GHG emissions 25% by 2020. This law is also being challenged by the "dirty duo", auto and oil company industry associations.
Prime malefactors are the Auto Manufacturers Alliance and Western States Petroleum, which have fought for dirty air for the last 20 years.
by liveoilfree 1,231 views
Toyota sues California to stop implementation of AB 1493, which will force auto makers to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2016,
Why is Toyota suing to stop California from cleaning its own air??