More states are saying the EPA doesn’t go far enough in forcing the car makers to raise emission standards in their new models. State politicians want cleaner air and are trying to force carmakers to provide it.
On Friday, Massachusetts joined Oregon, Connecticut and five other states in adopting California’s tough greenhouse gas rules, which limit the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases that can be emitted from vehicle tailpipes. These new rules would supplement federal exhaust pollutant standards. Two other states are in the process of adopting the rules.
The Washington Post reports that the status quo reaction from the Bush administration favors automakers, important because federal waivers would be needed before states can impose new rules.