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Sometimes, technology moves faster than rules and regulations. For instance, in some parts of Kansas, shops must provide water troughs for horses. A more recently inanity is the requirement that electric vehicles receive an emissions "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA to comply with the "Clean Air Act." And, while Kansan storekeepers have long been excused from abiding by the obviously obsolete ordinance, such is not the case for America's best known electric car maker, Tesla Motors.

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Sometimes, technology moves faster than rules and regulations. For instance, in some parts of Kansas, shops must provide water troughs for horses. A more recently inanity is the requirement that electric vehicles receive an emissions "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA to comply with the "Clean Air Act." And, while Kansan storekeepers have long been excused from abiding by the obviously obsolete ordinance, such is not the case for America's best known electric car maker, Tesla Motors.

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Biodiesel is still in limbo here in the U.S., but even if we never return to large scale production, at least diesel vehicles can continue to get cleaner on their own. The latest example of cleaner diesel tech news comes from Finland, where Pegasor Ltd. has introduced a new, compact, continuously operating and real-time particulate matter (PM) sensor, known as PPS-M. Pegasor, which sounds like the name of really bitchin' one-legged T-Rex, says that the sensor can be installed in the engine exhau

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The U.S. media's political lens is focused pretty heavily on the health care debate right now, but that doesn't mean other items of interest aren't happening in Washington, D.C. For example, debate over the EPA's endangerment finding that found that greenhouse gases (GHGs), including those from on-road vehicles, threaten the public health and welfare of the American people is far from over.

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Cummins Inc. has lodged a settlement in the U.S. District Court for D.C. agreeing to pay a $2.1 million penalty for violating the Clean Air Act. What did Cummins do? Well, it "shipped more than 570,000 heavy duty diesel engines to vehicle equipment manufacturers nationwide without pollution control equipment included" between 1998 and 2006. Even with that many engines sold, Cummins has agreed to recall only 405 of them because that is all that "were found to have reached the ultimate consumers w

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Cummins Inc. lodged a settlement today in the U.S. District Court for D.C. agreeing to pay a $2.1 million penalty for violating the Clean Air Act. What did Cummins do? Well, it "shipped more than 570,000 heavy duty diesel engines to vehicle equipment manufacturers nationwide without pollution control equipment included" between 1998 and 2006. Even with that many engines sold, Cummins has agreed to recall only 405 of them because that is all that "were found to have reached the ultimate consumers

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Southern California wildfires 2007

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A story by Lawrence Ulrich on MSNBC over the weekend made a claim I think we need to explore a bit here on AutoblogGreen. Ulrich writes about driving a very clean six-cylinder gasoline engine 2008 Honda Accord, then says the car is only available in certain states:

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Admittedly, we're a little late to the party on this one, but thankfully, our greener sibling site was on top of things when the Supreme Court made an important ruling yesterday regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

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Recently, the ruling Conservative party in Canada introduced new clean air legislation that has drawn almost universal derision from environmentalists. The bill ignores the Kyoto protocols which were ratified by the previous Liberal government. Unlike the United States, Canada has parliamentary system of government. That means that whichever party wins the most seats in an election gets to form the government even if they don't have a clear majority of the seats. If a minority government, as exi

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This Chicago Tribune article almost slipped through the cracks, but thankfully Plenty Magazine caught it for the rest of the green blogosphere. The article reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will be relaxing pollution rules for new ethanol production plants by changing the way those plants are permitted to operate under the Clean Air Act.

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Following up on the revival of the 25-year-old emissions law in Canada I wrote about yesterday, I found out that not everyone is happy with the law being reintroduced. The David Suzuki Foundation, a 16-year-old environmental group, says that the law is an "elaborate framework for procrastination" and the emissions targets are in the revised law are set so far into the future that they guarantee rising pollution levels in Canada.

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In a lot of places (Pennsylvania, for example, or California), there is a move towards passing new laws that affect tailpipe emissions or fleet standards. But why write new laws when there's already one on the books? This is the situation in Ottawa, Canada where old laws (specifically the 1981 Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption Standards Act, along with pieces of other existing legislation including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act) were reintroduced last week as the Clean Air Act by a Cons

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Does the Clean Air Act give the EPA power to regulate greenhouse gases? If so, can the EPA avoid exercising that authority simply because it doesn't want to? These are the two primary questions David Bookbinder, senior attorney for the Sierra Club, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to answer when Massachusetts v. EPA goes to trial in December.

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