• Mar 18th 2006 at 5:00PM
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The U.S. National Research Council released its much-anticipated study of emissions standards Thursday, and its recommendations are a major disappointment to automakers. The NRC study backed the rights of individual states to set their own tough vehicle pollution standards independently of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, following the lead of California.

California implemented pollution regulation before the federal government, and has been granted the authority to continue setting its own standards. Other states can choose between federal standards and California's tougher rules.

The NRC found California's approach to be both scientifically valid, and necessary because of persistent pollution problems in some parts of the state. California in 2004 approved the world's most stringent rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and automakers have been lobbying hard to restrict their adoption by other states.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      I am not a fan of federal control and in most cases think control of most things should be passed to the states. But not this. A parallel is gas formulation. There are just under 50 different formulations of gas in the U.S. (times 2 for winter and summer gas). How about the feds pick one - make it the most restrictive if you want - and apply it to the entire county. It would drop the price of gas 50 cents a gallon over night.

      It's the same for pollution controls. With the states now in control, and given the current state of the U.S. auto industry, well, that means fewer engine choices, fewer models, etc., as automakers try to meet the numerous controls. There will always be one state that will want to show how green it can be, just because. Next will come an extra tax on all vehicles from other - less restrictive - states whose cars drive in the "green" state. The states are already jumping on the band wagon. In today's paper (3.18), California is already considering converters on lawn mowers - basically everything with a motor.

      Seems like every time the Fed does something like this it costs me money. Remember, just because you're parnoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Screw the environment, I'm only here an average of 72.6 years, and 59 of those are already gone. All I need is another dozen or so, and then--Patooey, dirt bath. Lets pass laws for having 18 year old girls show more skin, and cheaper beer. I don't have much time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bud,
      Actually, that is the principal our entire country is built on. If you have the money, you can do what you want with it. Now, I'm definately for helping the enviro, but there's a lotta times things get way outta hand. IE, I live in Cali, and they recently went from doing the rigorous Smog checks to a new sys called the Smog 2, which is even more difficult, and even just-slightly aging cars have trouble at times. Its really overboard. Personally, I'd like to see just a little more freedom to the automakers to make even more powerful and desirable cars. Plus, I hate the huge CAFE thing that enviro groups keep trying to raise the level on.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmm, clean air or 'sorta' clean air? Choices, choices.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The California rules, by making it difficult for diesels to pass, encourage MORE CO2 EMISSIONS.

      OK...maybe one can argue this makes sense in California, where in several areas there are smog problems.

      But it certainly doesn't make sense in most of the other states which are adopting the CARB standards.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gee! I thought it was my birthright to burn as much gasoline as possible and pollute the whole country with those delicious toxic fumes. What will the good ol' boys in the NASTY CAR circuit do with them there Yankee regulations for trying to create a healthy breathable environment and make us limit how much fossil fuel we can burn.
      Seems to me this foolishness has got to stop and it's time we liberated some more of them oil producing countries by giving them a dose of good old U.S.A. democracy.
      Ya'll keep your pedal to the metal,ya hear.
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