Obama announces stricter rules for vehicle tailpipe emissions

President Obama’s team announced yesterday that the federal government will be bypassing California’s request for a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles.  Instead of granting this waiver, the federal government has decided to adopt the proposed CA standards nationwide!  This is a huge win for those concerned with mitigating climate change.

The new standards are approximately 40 percent more stringent and require car and light trucks fleets to achieve 35.5 MPG by 2016 (the current standard is roughly 25 MPG).  California had proposed the higher standards in 2002 but was stalled from implementing them since the Bush White House refused to grant the state a waiver, which it required to bypass federal standards.  Obama’s plan to adopt the CA standard as the nationwide standard bypasses the carmaker’s concerns about multiple conflicting standards and IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST STEP THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER TAKEN TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION.

As an environmental scientist I welcome this announcement with open arms and, while I am quite critical of some of the other moves this administration has been making, I truly relish in this announcement and the complete paradigm shift Obama represents on this issue compared to W.

Here’s the full story in the NYTimes.

~ by aaronburdick on May 20, 2009.

One Response to “Obama announces stricter rules for vehicle tailpipe emissions”

  1. I’m always looking for brand-new blogposts in the internet about this theme. Thx.

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