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During the debate last fall over the new energy bill one of the amendments that some members of the Congress unsuccessfully tried to get into the final bill was wording that federal CO2 limits would take precedence over state rules. California and other states have been trying to implement CO2 limits that would effectively create fuel economy standards that are tougher than the federal rules.
Now Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is now reviving that effort. Dingell chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House, a body that is about to release a report on roles of different levels of government in regulating greenhouse gases. Dingell wants federal rules to establish a limit on CO2 emissions. The report states that allowing a mish-mash of different rules would be too hard on the states' economies that rely on the auto industry. The Bush administration turned down a waiver request that would have allowed California to enforce their own rules and California is now suing the EPA to overturn the decision.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]


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      • 2 Months Ago
      While I agree that there does need to be stricter limits, it's true that differing limits are a bad thing. CARB seems to be doing a good job (better than the EPA and NHTSA), so why not just formally follow CARB's standards (which, truthfully, is what most of the states that give a damn are doing).

      I still applaud California for pushing the envelop You can bet that, if it were up to Rep Dingell, we'd be following standards set by environmental leaders (sarc.) like Texas, Ohio or Kentucky.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Well, that would be a way... here in Europe, they just increased taxes in CO2 emission, so everyone's buying the less polluting cars. And the car brands, since they want to sell cars, are putting out less polluting autos. Simple?

      Carlos Ferreira
      http://www.greencarvalue.blogspot.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Want to regulate Co2? STOP BREATHING!