Florida Governor Charlie Crist has proposed tightening state auto emissions to help reduce our greenhouse gas contribution that’s causing global warming. “State environmental regulators say that tailpipe pollution accounts for 40 percent of CO2 emissions in Florida.” Do we all recall that the moment he took office, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush canceled the exisiting auto emission testing that helped keep our air cleaner by requiring that high-emitting vehicles be serviced to comply with a higher standard? It was a pain to drive through the annual check-up, and cost us about $10 a year, but it was an important and effective means of keeping our air clean.
Now, Governor Crist would like to see us adopt a similar program to reduce emissions. Alas, but not surprisingly, auto makers are fighting the proposed new standard, suggesting that a national standard would be preferable to state regulations. California has set a higher standard but has been involved in legal tangles as a result, and thus the regulation has not been enacted or enforced. Eighteen states are poised to adopt some form of emission regulation, and the federal government, under the current administration, is unlikely to support a national regulation. Learn more:
Several environmental groups will display cars in the courtyard of the State Capitol that would meet a new clean emissions standard being proposed by Gov. Charlie Crist. Published December 1, 2008 http://www.gainesville.com/article/20081201/NEWS/812010984
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TALLAHASSEE – American automakers will return to Washington next week to plea for $25 billion in federal aid, promising to use the money to set their ailing industry on a new course. At the same time, the car manufacturers – both domestic and… Published November 30, 2008 http://www.gainesville.com/article/20081130/NEWS/811301009