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California Keeps Pushing for Lower Vehicle Emissions

EPA grants a waiver to the state so it can push for stronger-than-normal standards for models built in 2017-2025.

Advocates for more stringent clean-air regulations are rejoicing in recent action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which granted a waiver that will allow for stronger vehicle emissions standards for car models built in 2017-2025.

The waiver allows California to implement vehicle-related smog and particle pollution controls, greenhouse gas emission standards and a zero-emission vehicle standard.

The California Clean Cars Campaign called it a victory for the health and welfare of Californians. The campaign is comprised of top business, consumer, health, labor, environmental and community leaders and organizations.

“I am proud to have played a role in supporting California’s efforts to move the country toward this remarkable achievement on clean cars, said campaign co-chair Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles City Controller. "We stand ready to support the kind of market growth and development that this rule envisions.”

Campaign co-chair Ken McEldowney, executive director of Consumer Action, said the waiver is "especially good news for the poorest among us who disproportionally suffer from the health effects of pollution.”

Automakers are already announcing plans to increase production of hybrid powertrains, battery electric cars and fuel cell vehicles," said campaign co-chair Bruce Klafter, a sustainability expert at Applied Materials.

The EPA has granted more than 50 California waivers in the past four decades. In 2009, the Obama administration granted the state a waiver to implement clean-vehicle standards through model year 2016.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 14, 2013 at 05:25 AM
During the 1970s "Energy Crisis" the beltway politicians passed a manufactures' fleet mileage and pollution limitation law. If that law had mandated that fleet mileage be increased by 1 mph per year and fleet pollution be reduced by 1% per year, the auto/energy industry would have invested in Research and Development that would have produced 60 mph vehicles with zero emissions by this year. But, no, we have to protect the UAW and Chevron because they bribe the beltway politicians with reelection funding and all politicians ever work for is to be reelected.
Steve January 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I understand blaming the oil industry for opposing fuel efficiency and anti-pollution measures, but slamming the UAW is a non-sequitor. Whatever requirements are mandated, someone has to build those fuel efficient cars. In fact the UAW recently lauded the Obama Administrations fuel efficiency standards, saying they'll create 20,000 new jobs. http://www.uaw.org/articles/improved-vehicle-fuel-economy-create-20000-michigan-jobs Perhaps you meant to say its the fault of illegal immigrants.
David Randolph January 14, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Many Chevy dealers are telling the company not to send them any more Volts. People don't want them. They can't sell them and GM loses about $40,000 per Volt it sells. Today's cars are amazingly fuel efficient and clean. Your Prius will not save the world and good luck driving any distance in a pure electric.
David Randolph January 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Steve, Do you actually believe that steaming pile produced by the UAW? Come over here, I have a bridge I want you to take a look at…
Steve January 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM
You mean their press release I linked to touting an economic analysis by the BlueGreen Alliance that shows how environmental progress and economic progress can go hand in hand. Does it make too much sense for you?

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