Judge in Vermont Upholds California Emissions Standards
Detroit car makers lost another battle in their fight against stronger emissions regulations last week, this time in Vermont.
The Burlington Free Press reports:
In a major victory for states’ efforts to combat global warming, a U.S. District Court judge in Burlington ruled Wednesday that federal law does not bar Vermont from imposing tougher greenhouse gas emissions limits on cars and light trucks starting in 2009.
Judge William Sessions also rejected automakers’ arguments that the standards — written in California and adopted by Vermont and 11 other states — are technologically impossible and financially impractical to meet.
The California rules would require automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 37 percent by 2016.
During a 16-day trial in April, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler testified they would simply stop selling most models of cars and pickup trucks in Vermont, California and the other states if the emissions limits take effect.