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Battle Lines Set as New York Acts to Cut Emissions

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Pah, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Pah

    Pah Uber all member

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    Battle Lines Set as New York Acts to Cut Emissions

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    By DANNY HAKIM
    Published: November 26, 2005

    ALBANY, Nov. 23 - New York is adopting California's ambitious new regulations aimed at cutting automotive emissions of global warming gases, touching off a battle over rules that would sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions while forcing the auto industry to make vehicles more energy efficient over the next decade. [Ten other states will follow suit if New York is successful in implementing the rules]

    The rules, passed this month by a unanimous vote of the State Environmental Board, are expected to be adopted across the Northeast and the West Coast. But the auto industry has already moved to block the rules in New York State, and plans to battle them in every other state that follows suit.

    Environmentalists say the regulations will not lead to the extinction of any class of vehicle, but simply pressure the industry to sell more of the fuel-saving technologies they have already developed, including hybrid systems that use a combination of electricity and gasoline. And that, they say, will curtail one of the main contributors to global warming.

    "The two biggest contributors to global warming are power plants and motor vehicles," said David Doniger, a senior lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "If you deal with them, you deal with more than two-thirds of the problem."

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    The standards are the most ambitious environmental regulations for automobiles since federal fuel economy regulations were enacted in the 1970's. They will be phased in starting with 2009 models and require a roughly 30 percent reduction in automotive emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by the 2016 models.

    The new rules will also effectively require an improvement in fuel economy on the order of 40 percent for vehicles sold in the state.
     
  2. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    Sounds Good.
    But will it get passed.

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  3. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    It does sound promissing; here in the U.K the tax payable to run a car is dependent on it's fuel efficiency. That is the Government's inducement to get people to buy newer cars........it seems to work too.;)
     
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