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Monday, July 18, 2005

Federal Court Deals Blow to Climate Alarmists

Washington, D.C., July 15, 2005—In a key decision for the future of national energy policy, a federal court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. The Federal District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concluded that, even if the EPA possesses the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (an issue the Court did not attempt to resolve), EPA acted within its legal discretion in declining to regulate carbon dioxide.

“This is a great victory for American consumers, who do not have to worry that EPA, under the pretext of unscientific climate alarmism, will force automakers to downsize the average vehicle or make costly modifications pricing larger, safer cars out of their reach,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow
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Now if we could just get the California Air Resources Board to get the message that CO2 is not a pollutant, and the Governor return using real science in the decision making process, he could help us keep our savings from being drained a way by junkscience advocates.

UPDATE: Environmental groups claim "the court's decision allows states, such as California, to formulate their own policies for controlling CO2 from cars and trucks." It will be interestig to see how the Federal County rules on The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) lawsuit, filed by Central California auto dealers to challenge Calfornia's plan to force significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for new vehicles sold in the state after 2009.

In September 2004, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it will require new vehicles sold in the state in 2010 to emit 22 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than today's vehicles. By 2016, new vehicles must emit 30 percent less CO2 than today's vehicles.

Your cost will from $1000 to $3000 per vehicle. You new vehicle will be lighter and have less acceleration than your current vehicle.

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