The Obama administration recently granted California the right to enforce its first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks, after announcing plans in May to boost federal fuel efficiency standards. Thirteen other states will also implement the California emissions standard until 2012 when the U.S. government will adopt the California standards as federal law.
The move will collectively slash emissions by 30 percent in 2016.
But California’s long overdue victory on emissions standards didn’t come without a protracted legal and public relations effort by the auto industry, which spent untold millions (billions?) trying to derail the California Clean Car program that would reduce global warming pollution from cars and trucks.