Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Automakers: We reserve the right to pollute your state

Oh boy. This is rich. Vermont joined a bunch of other states in trying to pass stricter emission standards for new cars starting in 2009. Apparently, the U.S. automakers are pissed that anyone would tell them that they need to build more efficient, less polluting cars. (For the record, only American companies have filed the suit.)

Basically, they think that any standards should be nationwide. But do they really? This is their quote from a lawyer:

"There needs to be a comprehensive multi-sector strategy at the federal level to effectively deal with this issue."

So what they're really saying is "let the federal government deal with it, because we all know there won't be comprehensive federal standards with teeth anytime soon."