Arizona has repealed a lower vehicle emissions program that was patterned after California's rules after just one year in effect. The state government voted to instead match federal greenhouse-gas regulations.

CronkiteNewsOnline reports that, last week, the Arizona Governor's Regulatory Review Council voted against continuing regulations that would've required car companies to cut fleetwide emissions each year and to help develop an infrastructure to support electric-drive vehicles, the site said. Arizona's Clean Cars program was approved in 2008 and went into effect last January. The Council voted 5-1 in favor of repealing the program.

The decision is likely to aggravate environmentalists who say that the program would've helped the state's air quality and helped cut dependency on foreign oil. Those supporting the repeal say that, with the federal government proposing U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions standards requiring about an 80 percent improvement in fleetwide fuel economy by 2025, the state's program is unnecessary.


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      DRstrangelove
      • 1 Day Ago
      Good, let the market do its thing. California has been screwing people with its idiotic regulations for decades.
        MarcCBR
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        If we let the "markets do their thing" we would all be living in a tree less and animal less nation. Breathing oxygen from a cyclinder. All in the namy of corporations making money. Thanks to those regulations your so against we have seat belts in cars and they are much safer. Don't cry so much about regulations they benifit all even the right wingers like you.
        Alex C
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        Are you serious? I suggest you Google California air pollution and smog. They're not exactly China-bad, but California makes the rest of the US look like a damn nature preserve in terms of air pollution and smog.
          Rick C.
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Alex C
          forgot to add...... 'unfortunately'
          Rick C.
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Alex C
          40 million people will have that effect.
        PR
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        If the market is so great about doing it's thing, why hasn't it solved the problem of pollution already? If the market is so awesome, why did the market allow the smog to get so bad in the first place that the gov't was forced to step in and clean up after the market?
        Ford Future
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        DRstrange, you have no idea what you're talking about. Do you know the extent of the air pollution in the Los Angeles basin? Do you think Democrats and voters demand environmental regulations just because they feel like it, just to piss off Exxon? The air pollution was so thick people were getting sick, to the point some were dying. I don't see CA regulations hurting Exxon's profits in the least, so why does the right wing have such a stick up their behind, about clean air? Do you really need an extra .001 cent greater dividend, to the point of sick Americans?
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        Yes, they have been screwing people by forcing manufacturers to produce cars that pollute less and get better mileage. They've screwed people's health, including the hundreds of thousands who suffer from diseases linked to air pollution, they've screwed people's wallets by lightening the amount they have to spend of fuel, and they've screwed the sensitive and complex ecosystems upon which all life, including our particular form, relies. Wait, "screwed" isn't the word I'm thinking of. It's "helped". On the other hand, they've really "helped" the oil companies:)
        LEONARD
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DRstrangelove
        your right cali is running poor people off the road.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      they could start production of clean cars instead of relying on legislation. light, aerodynamic, electric. keep it simple. something like a modern EV1. could be profitable for the state
      PR
      • 1 Day Ago
      To be fair, a lot has happened at the federal level since Arizona passed this in 2008. Basically, back under Bush in 2008, Arizona had only 2 choices. Either they could stick with the federal regulations where very little was getting accomplished under Bush, or they could adopt California standards. There was no middle ground available. They made the right choice for that time. Since then, Arizona has basically been given a 3rd choice they didn't have in 2008. Now Obama has given them have a middle-of the-road choice in-between the 2008 standards under Bush that Arizona rejected, and the full California standards that Arizona adopted. Now this third choice that represents the moderate middle position between California and the old 2008 Bush standards happens to give them the 3rd choice they actually wanted back in 2008. I can't blame them for taking advantage of this new option that has become available to them since 2008. Obama provided something they wanted but couldn't get under Bush, and now they are adopting it. What you won't hear from Arizona is a big thank-you shouted out to Obama.....
        marcopolo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @PR
        PR, I'm not sure about Arizona, but in most places it's customary to add a disclaimer on a post like yours, saying something like: 'Authorised by Obama for America. P.O. Box 803638, Chicago, IL, 60680, c/o Obama for America Feedback. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) 430 S. Capitol Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003.'
          PR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          Marco, that makes FIVE posts of yours in a row that are zero content, 100% insults. And you cry about ME insulting YOU? Go ahead, make it a full half dozen complete failures to have anything other than insults in your posts. Keep up your streak. I'm happy to keep exposing you for the whiny little b!tch you are. Keep pretending you are offended when attacked, as if you never do it yourself. You are so easy to expose as a hypocrite that it isn't even funny. Heck, why stop at a half dozen brainless 100% insult posts that fail to address how Obama's legislation has just helped Republicans in a majority Republican state have a better choice for cleaning up their air. Continue to pretend I'm the one with political bias, not you, when I'm the one defending the decision of Republicans. Let's keep this going. I'm happy to continue mocking you for your ignorant mindless posts. Then I can use your streak of 100% insult posts against you later. I'm laughing my @ass off at how small you are acting, and how fun this will be to bash you with later!
          PR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          PS -- Thanks for confirming that everything I posted in my original post was 100% accurate by resorting to being a pissy cry baby a-hole Obama hater when there is absolutely nothing else left for you to say. Am I too hard on you? Too tough? Can't handle it? Now are you going to go crying to the refs?
          PR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          Marcopolo -- Like I said. How about a THANK YOU when Obama passes policy that HELPS the nation? Clearly you are too small, too weak, and too narrow minded to man up and give credit where credit is due. You people are so easy to predict. Like I said, the last thing your type will ever do is to ever thank Obama for anything. He could run into your burning house and save you, your wife, and your children, and you'd complain about the damn liberal government invading your home. Thanks for showing your partisan hack small-mindedness exactly as I predicted in my post. Feel free to going back to astroturfing for the oil industry and making up more lies. Keep exposing yourself as the hard core right-wing operative you are.
          marcopolo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          PR Now there y' go I knew you could do better if you really tried ! I thought the 'swamp cow' showed some imagination....but the rest was just a bit...well...demented ! Now go and see Matron, she give some of your medication and you'll feel better after a little nap!
          PR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          It's swamp sow, you idiot. Not cow. Cultural references clearly are completely over your head. This is all pretty funny that you got pissed off at me DEFENDING a choice made by Republicans to repeal a law passed by a Democratic Governor, and accusing me of being partisan. I guess a lefty defending the decisions of REPUBLICANS is just way too much of a partisan attack for you. What a dumb @ss you are. And double dumb @ass for resorting to nothing but insults in your THIRD post in a row without contesting a single bit of the content of my original post. You are a three-time loser now. Yet another content-free post from you. Yet on another blog on this site you are acting all confused about why I would insult you. Right here buddy. Look right here. If you can pull your head out long enough to see that you've just gone off on me for the defending the choice of a Republican in overturning a law signed by a Democrat. Here is your chance to try and prove you are the bigger man. Thank Obama for passing laws that are so good that Republicans are choosing them in Arizona. Man up, little man. Because I've already back up these Republicans for making a perfectly good choice repealing a law put in place by a Democrat. Too bad you are too small to ever admit you are wrong. You really are a
          marcopolo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          PR, What an odd little fellow you are, so quick to stereotype and spit bile and abuse! I'm neither a supporter of President Obama, nor an opponent. In some ways he's been an effective President. In other ways, less so. I just think it's courteous to post a disclaimer after a blatant political party comment. ( let's everyone know where you're coming from). Unfortunately you seem to be a bit of an extremist.( Everything is black or white!). EV's are not a religion, you know! You alienate so many by confusing your politics, with a type of transport. I don't have to irrationally hate Oil companies, to like EV's. I don't have to think that ICE vehicles are 'tools of the Devil', to cheerfully develop the EV business. It's possible to enjoy Wine and Beer! (although not together). I believe in practical environmentalism. Stuff that really works, and people will actually enjoy implementing, not grim tirades and name-calling as if you were a Grand Inquisitor persecuting the naughty heretics! In fact, like many of the less strident on ABG, politically, I am a supporter of the centre. (perhaps centre-right. about the equivalent of a RFK style democrat) with a strong love of civil liberty. As for being , "pissy-holed, small minded, ungratful, weak, small. (definitely not true) Obama hater,hard core right wing, etc" all I can say is you're not very good at abuse! One term at a UK boarding school would provide you with a much better lexicon!
          PR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          Why bother with anything else when a good old American Fvck You is the suitable response to your crap. You've already established that insult, insult, insult, insult is your own style of response. Now you cry like a little bitch when you can't take it yourself. Come, on squeal some more! Keep on squealing, little piggie. Because you STILL can't actually refute any of my well-reasoned, fully factual statements. That's why you have now keep squealing like the reptatious swamp sow you are for a SECOND post without being able to contest a single thing in my original post. Again, thanks for proving you've got nothing. nada. jack-****. You are empty, vacant, vapid.
          marcopolo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @marcopolo
          PR Ah, well, "swamp sow" that makes all the difference...nah,..I like 'cow' better. You haven't been taking any stuff, you shouldn't have, have you? I mean much more of this and it's straight jacket-time.
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Day Ago
      It's surprising that Arizona had a vehicle emmissions program. Isn't McCain from Arizona? The only kind of liberal thing one should expect out of Arizona is support for Medicare.
        Smurf
        • 1 Day Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        These were implemented when Janet Napolitano was governor. Many of the policies implemented by Napolitano have since been repealed since Jan Brewer took over after Napolitano became head of Homeland Security. One step forward. Two steps back..... Phoenix, AZ does have a real pollution problem with mountains on all sides. Phoenix air quality numbers are actually worse than LA on many days. On most days you can see the brown haze hovering over the city. While the improved federal standards give AZ a good fallback position, we are currently not doing enough to improve air quality in Phoenix.
          Ryan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Smurf
          I used to live in Phoenix, and the air quality was bad, but it has gotten worse with all the additional vehicles. Where is the GOP claiming "State's Rights"?
        DaveMart
        • 1 Day Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        They thought it was a subsidy for electric chairs, and are disappointed now it has turned out to be cars! :-)
      MarcCBR
      • 1 Day Ago
      It really doesn't matter what Arizona thinks or does cause car makers are more concerned with what is required to sell in California so they will meet those requiremnts any way.
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