California gets tough on car emissions
In a landmark decision applauded by environmentalists, President Obama’s administration has approved California’s bid to set its own standards for vehicle emissions.
The proposal seeks to impose stricter limits on climate-warming emissions and include other vehicle regulations ranging from light-reflecting windows to reduce the need for air-conditioning to regular tyre pressure checks. The standards apply to California and 13 other states plus Washington D.C. The state had first sought this law in 2005 but it was rejected by the Bush administration in 2008.
While the law has the widespread approval of consumers and politicians alike with New York Governor David Paterson stating, “The decision is living proof that there is new leadership in Washington,” the automobile industry remains skeptical about the efficacy and viability of the legislation.