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California Sues Auto Industry

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Posted on Sep 21, 2006

Smog over downtown Los Angeles.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer went after the six biggest U.S. and Japanese automakers on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit that cites greenhouse gas emissions as a public nuisance.  Lockyer blamed the carmakers for millions of dollars worth of damage, and said he was out to get the taxpayers’ money back.

AP (via SFGate):

The lawsuit names Chrysler Motors Corp., General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor North America Inc., American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America Inc.

It adds a new dynamic to an ongoing battle between the state and the auto industry over greenhouse gas emissions. In 2002, California lawmakers approved legislation requiring cuts in emissions from cars and light trucks.

The auto industry is challenging those regulations, arguing they can be met only through increased fuel-economy standards, which is the domain of the federal government. The state has countered that emission reductions can be achieved in other ways.


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By R. A. Earl, September 21, 2006 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Why, after reading the automobile industry’s response, did I immediately think of tobacco companies and how they chose to spend BILLIONS to deny the obvious rather than acknowledge they’re the most hazardous DRUG DEALERS in the world?

What’s with today’s executives in any industry? Isn’t there an honest one anywhere? What’s the problem with agreeing with clear evidence, and agreeing to tackle the problem?

Liars. Thieves. Frauds. The whole damned bunch of them.

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