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.