Gov. and Car Makers Meet But Remain Far Apart on CO2

By Published On: May 9, 2008

The governor and automobile makers met May 8 to find common ground on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. However, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers continued to disagree over California’s efforts to obtain federal approval to implement the state’s 2002 tailpipe emissions reduction law. “Today, I made it clear to the automakers that California will not back down in the fight to protect our own environment by regulating pollution that causes global warming,” he stated. The state will continue its suit to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grant it a Clean Air Act waiver to allow California to implement AB 1493, as well as 13 other states that passed similar legislation. “We know we are a significant source of CO2 and want to deploy all possible technologies,” said the Alliance vice president of public relations Gloria Bergquist. In California, vehicles are the largest source of carbon emissions, followed by the energy industry. The alliance has challenged the legality of AB 1493 in court. Bergquist said that the alliance held its board meeting in Sacramento this week and scheduled the meeting with the governor last February. ”Our intent was to open a dialogue.” She noted that the governor said he should have been approached earlier. There has been a lot of focus on plug-in hybrids in California, but the alliance doesn’t want to focus on one low carbon transportation option. It claims it plans to spend between $60 billion and $100 billion over the next 12 years to produce less carbon intensive cars from a variety of technologies. “We need carbon conscientious consumers” to sell a lot of lower emitting vehicles, Bergquist said.

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