• Jun 30, 2008



As of January 1, 2009, all vehicles sold in California will be required to display a window sticker that rates the "environmental performance" of the new car or truck. Initiated by the California EPA Air Resources Board (CARB), the label is designed to "...arm consumers with the information they need to choose a vehicle that saves gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps fight smog all at once." Each vehicle will receive two different scores. The first will be a "Global Warming Score" based on greenhouse gas emissions from operating the vehicle and fuel production. The second score will be a "Smog Score" that is determined by the smog-forming emissions from operating the vehicle. The scale, based on a 1-10 rating, allows consumers to see how their vehicle fares when compared to other vehicles in the class. Like the new governmental crash test data now displayed on new car windows, the disclosure will be effective on two fronts: it will educate concerned buyers, and unofficially call-out those manufacturers that fall below the average. In this environmentally-conscience environment, there is nothing quite as effective as public shame...

[Source: The Detroit News]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't have a problem with this. If we ultimately want to have lower GHG-emitting vehicles, wouldn't it make sense to know how the cars we are purchasing perform?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right. Because those millionaire professors are always out gunning for your wallet, and *no one*--certainly no one with a powerful lobby--stands to profit from avoiding tighter environmental legislation.

        Critical thinking skills FTW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bullcrap on a stick. That is all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This really is utter cr&p, In a recent study to find out best cars for the enviroment, the Toyota Prius came in something like 75th!! The best, Toyota Landcruiser, Although whilst driving, they produce more bad things to kill polar bears, the materials they are mad from, and becuase they last so long, they have a tiny overall effect on the enviroment, unlike that ugly prius, which no doubt will score 10s on that scale.

        What happens to those batteries when they need replacing in 10 years? WIll it be viable to get new ones, or will you just get read of the whole car? How will it be dispossed of?
        No such problem for the landcrusier, which will last almost forever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to set aside the greenhouse gas debate for a moment.

      If you've ever experienced a polluted day in Beijing, you'd be concerned about air pollution. You'd also want to take reasonable steps to protect America from having dirty, eye-burning "air" like that.

      If I am considering two or three cars for purchase, the pollution caused by the car would be a consideration of mine. Even if I'm not living in California, I would like to look up the cars' scores according to this system and take the data into account when making my purchase.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this sticker listed "Horsepower/Top Speed/Acceleration" averages for a car, compared to other cars in it's class for the year, there would be none of this crying and moaning, but because it has something to do with the green movement, it must be evil.

      I can't say I like the "Global Warming" score, but that's because I think it oversimplifies the issue (I'd prefer a simple "Carbon" score) and gives knuckledraggers more reason to dispute climate change using logic like "Well, it was colder in Podunk this winter, so Glow-Bal Warmin' must be a Commie conspiracy!".

      The idea, though, is a good one, much better than trying to explain SULEV vs AT-PZEV vs. Tier 2, Bin 2 to the general public.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this will help manufacturers want to produce more efficient cars, and we are all for more advanced cars. right?
      I thought most car guys were gear heads and like new improved technology?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have been considering putting a leaping trout graphic on the hood of my red Acura Integra GS-R just to demonstrate how green I am. It would be similar in size to the screaming chicken Pontiac put on Firebird hoods back in the '80's. I may also buy a green baseball cap and green jacket to wear while driving around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't fear a sticker... it's the drama queens clutching their pearls over a sticker that I can do without.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another compelling reason not to live in the Peoples Republic of California. Soon enough, peolple in California will be living by candle light begging for pourage. You can all hang with Camper. He can show you how to make a hemp t-shirt and the 100 ways to prepare Tofu. The global warming scare is a way for Governments to enact policies that no sensible voter would ever vote for.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty soon they'll have to add a sticker with a photo of the inside of the car because it will be blocked by the mounting wave of stickers on the window.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if the Republican party had come out on DAY ONE and said 'we concur with the evidence', would we be having this difference of opinion right now? Stop playing the party line, they flipped, get over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I fear for the country my kids will grow up in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So basically, this makes car shopping quicker. Just buy the one with the lower numbers (Viper, Veyron, H1, etc.) since the higher ones are undoubtedly all lame.
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