After the big U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that the EPA can now regulate auto emissions of gases (like CO2), the question is, "Where do we go from here?" AN says the ruling "was a major defeat for the auto industry, which now faces regulations that will make many vehicles smaller, more fuel efficient, less powerful -- and potentially less profitable."
So, the upcoming fight is over just how strict the new EPA rules will be, and when they'll be put in place. Will industry-friendly legislators push new rules through before 2009 and a potential Democratic president, who might want emissions limits lowered, comes into power? Will the ruling be based on capping and trading emissions? Just how big of a big role will auto-industry-friendly Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, play?