April 3, 2007
U.S. Senators introduce bill to nationalize California tailpipe emissions standards
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine have introduced a bill that would effectively nationalize California’s tailpipe emissions reduction standards. The measure would potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles by 22 per cent below projected levels by 2030.
Specifically, the bill requires that automakers reduce tailpipe emissions 30 per cent below 2002 levels by 2016, with the EPA required to tighten the reductions every five years; and require fuel suppliers to increase the percentage of low-carbon fuels, including biodiesel, E85, hydrogen, electricity and others, in the motor vehicle fuel supply by 2015. This would reduce emissions from motor vehicle fuels by 10 per cent below projected levels by 2030.
“It’s clear that if we are serious about addressing the global warming challenge, reducing emissions from the use of motor vehicles must be a top priority,” Feinstein says. “With more than 240 million vehicles on the road, this one sector alone produces 32 per cent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So, this legislation would slash emissions from this sector by 22 per cent below anticipated levels by 2030.”
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his support for the legislation; earlier this year, he introduced a bill to require fuel producers in California to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases by 10 per cent by 2020.
By 2030, the bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the use of motor vehicles by 22 per cent below projected levels; prevent 662 million metric tons of CO2 from being produced, the equivalent of taking 96 million of today’s automobiles off the road in one year; and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 3.6 million barrels of oil per day.