States to Bush: Too soft on trucks

The Washington Post reports nine U.S. states are suing the administration of George W. Bush for being too soft on future fuel economy standards. The lawsuit calls it unconscionable that the Bush administration is not requiring greater fuel economy for light trucks. The 1.9 mile-per-gallon increase is considered to be insufficient to curb our energy use in a significant way. In addition, it seems a couple of loopholes have snuck in with this tightening fuel economy standard that could “create incentives to build larger, less fuel-efficient models” and attempts to pre-empt a California law requiring a reduction of greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions. The nine states filing the suit are California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. I don’t expect to see Michigan join that group any time soon.
[Source: Washington Post]

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