The loopholes let the companies undercut the rules' strong targets and turn out cars and light trucks that increase pollution. It's akin to a doctor telling you: "Go ahead and smoke, as long as you go on a diet."
With all the negative articles that have found their way into the press recently, I thought I should tell our readers about our very positive experience with our zero emission Nissan Leaf. In a phrase, no problem.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, I testified at an EPA hearing in San Francisco to support proposed standards that would raise vehicle efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon, with electric vehicles as one of the primary ways to meet this goal.
The Obama administration has proposed rules that would determine how far 2025 cars go on a gallon of gas. Surprisingly, though, auto companies can dictate how successful the program will be. This presents Detroit with an unusual challenge.
I'd hoped that in a few years these giant, gas-guzzling dinosaurs would be extinct. Now, unfortunately, drivers whose egos demand that they rule the road from their lofty perches inside their armored behemoths will get a second wind.
This weekend, Americans will be celebrating the birth of our nation. Let's honor those revolutionaries of days gone by and build the best America we can dream -- the one where we are free to spend less money on gas and more time outside our cars.
By moving ahead with its own rules, California can bolster the administration's negotiating position with the auto industry. If it declines to send a clear signal now, it risks being hobbled for years by whatever weak action Washington chooses.
We consume a breathtaking 19 million barrels a day, and 70 percent of it is used for transportation. If we don't want to see a catastrophic disruption of global climate, we need to start acting with urgency right now.