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While John McCain's idea of a gas tax holiday was a hit in the U.S. (well, it was a hit with him and Hillary Clinton, anyway), the European Commission is saying no in all sorts of languages to the possibility of the EU capping the value-added tax on fuel. Automotive News Europe reports that the EC shot down a proposal by French president Nicolas Sarkozy to cap the tax by saying any such move was the wrong response to high oil prices and would require unanimous agreement anyway. Sarkozy didn't sp

The German arguments to European Commission rules aimed at lowering average vehicle CO2 emissions has been well covered. Because many of the major German brands make large, powerful vehicles, the German administration felt that they were being dealt with unfairly. France, for its part, has automakers which quite nearly complied with the proposed standards just as they were and did not want to see German automakers get any special treatment. Can't we all just get along? Maybe, since Automotive Ne

It seems so often the case that proposed regulations start out quite high and are then bartered down when the affected parties complain loud enough. This could again be the case with European Union legislation targeting automobile emissions. When the laws were first being considered, the bar was set at 120 grams of C02 per kilometer for an entire automaker's fleet of vehicles. First, we heard news that German car companies may be able to negotiate a break on these requirements, and now we hear t

U.S. and European Union lawmakers made important legislative decisions late last year. In the U.S., the CAFE rules got hammered out and in the EU, the European Commission decided on some CO2 laws. While these are both just steps along the way to cleaner vehicles, Automotive News Europe's Jason Stein is pretty convinced that the European CO 2debate is really just beginning.

It looks like the German auto industry officials aren't the only ones who want to put the brakes on proposed EU carbon dioxide emissions limits. The UK government is now urging the European Union to give car-makers more time as well. UK Transport Minister Ruth Kelly wants plans for a 125 g/km limit by 2015 scrapped in favor of a 100 g/km limit that would be enacted between 2020 and 2025. The few remaining car makers in Britain - like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce - would have a h

The allure of hydrogen cars is in their lack of emissions, and this was enough to cause the European Union's executive arm to recently suggest a 470 million euro (665 million dollars) investment into the technology.