September 18, 2006

California moves for ruling on vehicle greenhouse gas limits

Fresno, California – The state attorney general’s office in California has urged a U.S. district court judge to rule on California’s regulations establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report by the Green Car Congress, quoting the San Jose Mercury News.

The regulations, approved in 2004, establish limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new light-duty vehicles starting in 2009 and would cut CO2 emissions from new vehicles by up to 30 per cent by 2016. A coalition of automakers filed suit against the regulations, challenging the rules as a de facto mandate on fuel economy standards, which only the federal government can set.

The state attorney general’s office has urged U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Ishii to rule immediately; the automakers want to proceed to a trial that is scheduled to start January 30, 2007. Ishii said he would take the state’s motion under submission.

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