California Attorney General Jerry Brown has decided to pursue a lawsuit started last fall by his predecessor Bill Lockyer. The lawsuit accuses automakers of creating a public nuisance by emitting excessive amounts of greenhouse gases. Brown wants to force carmakers to change their business practices to be more environmentally conscious.

Carmakers have asked a judge to dismiss the case as a nuisance lawsuit and have said they are willing to work with the state to improve fuel efficiency. Brown, ever the politician, criticized GM in the wake of dropping to number two in sales behind Toyota. He said that GM lost the top spot because they weren't making environmentally friendly cars. Of course he fails to note that while Toyota sells the Prius they have also just introduced their own new full-size pick-up, the Tundra while also selling huge numbers of mid-sized and large SUVs.

[Source: The Auto Channel]

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