President Obama Expected to Allow Some States to Enforce Tough Emission Standards

January 20, 2009 / No Comments

Uh Oh!

President Obama is expected to grant a waiver that will allow California to enforce their own greenhouse-gas emission standards. Yeah, I live in California. Good for me, right?

“That would completely change the landscape for vehicle regulation and obligate automakers to produce cars that are far more efficient than those called for under current federal standards,” the Los Angeles Times noted.

obama wagoner President Obama Expected to Allow Some States to Enforce Tough Emission Standards

The move is aimed at the cars that are believed to create about a one-fourth of U.S. carbon emissions. The operative word in that sentence is ‘believe’ – they really don’t know.

“This is an essential piece of the nation’s environmental strategy,” says the president of the Coalition for Clean Air, said.

I wonder how much he gets paid to say that.

California’s Air Resources Board will implement and enforce the regulation.

“Environmentalists and state regulators have demanded that they be allowed to enforce their own greenhouse-gas emission standards on autos, saying the rules are key to combating global warming.”

Um, facts, please!

Until now the Bush administration has refused saying only the federal government can set car emission rules.

Automakers are calling it a nightmare scenario. They argue that compliance would create regulatory headaches and a technology burden that comes to $1,000-$5,000 more for each vehicle.

Asking carmakers to comply with California’s rules would be tantamount to forcing a cancer patient to “finish chemo and then go run the Boston Marathon,” General Motors Corp. spokesman said. “Right now, we’re just trying to make it through the current situation.”

Does anybody feel sorry for GM or any of the Big Three?