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Easy to be Green if you stopped suing Green States

A ruling in Vermont today will force automakers to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 10 years.

Automakers, including Ford “it's easy to be green” Motors, the “Environmentologists” at  Honda and “look at our great hybrid” Toyota have been fighting mandatory state-level carbon emission standards for close to ten years, saying the effect on industry would be devastating.

The judge disagreed stating…

Who killed the Hybrid Plug-in? A sequel

For those of you haven’t seen the film Who Killed the Electric Car, the premise is quite simple and by the looks of things, it’s a premise that could repeat itself in the next decade or so.

While big automakers, like Ford, Toyota and GM hang a “hybrid plug-in” carrot in front of our collective nose, they’re fighting tooth and nail in California, and elsewhere, against stricter greenhouse gas emission standards for new vehicles.

Sacbee in the Hot House

Here's a fairly new and very needed blog called the Hot House started up by Stuart Leavenworth at the Sacramento Bee.

Stuart will be covering the ins and outs of California's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. I hope that Leavenworth will be keeping an especially close eye on the lawsuit by the auto industry against the state of California that has effectively delayed action on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions for the better part of 5 years now.

For those readers not familiar with the case. Here's a basic rundown.

The Toyota Technique: Talking Out of Both Sides of Your Mouth

Toyota, the world's new number one automaker has been winning praise far and wide for the fuel efficiency of its fleet. And Toyota Vice President Josephine Cooper said in a recent TV interview that “Toyota has long supported increasing fuel economy standards for vehicles, which means increasing CAFE [Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency] standards.”

This would be noble if it were true.

Fuel efficient Toyota sales up 11.7% in U.S. - auto industry fights emissions standards

Today's reported auto-industry numbers, show just how backwards things have become in the fight to reduce oil consumption and reduce C02 emissions.

Yesterday, we reported here on the hypocrisy of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturer's fighting a Supreme Court ruling that could enact tough new CO2 emissions standards on cars and trucks, while stating at the same time on their website that, “Members of the Alliance believe that it is prudent to reduce emissions, including carbon dioxide…”

Putting the Fun in Responsible Living

I can imagine a world in which urban design is so sensible and public transit so convenient that private automobiles become redundant. In the meantime, it's nice to think that we might still have cars that are fun to drive , even if they aren't based on gas guzzling vehicles of war.

Toyota Set to Get with the Times

Good news… Toyota allegedly has plans to step up its production of hybrid cars by 50% in Japan.

Of course, they are still an auto company, and far from blameless. It'll be interesting to see how the court case we blogged about last week turns out… but nonetheless, it's encouraging to hear of auto manufacturers getting with the times and shifting their trajectory in acknowledgement of the reality of climate change.

Apparently, this moved means that “Toyota is more likely than ever to overtake General Motors Corp as the world's top seller of automobiles – a position GM has held for 75 years.”

I think I'd have to call that natural selection….

Hummer to have its day in court, California sues auto giants

California State Attorney Bill Lockyer filed a global warming suit today against  auto-giants Ford, GM and Toyota, claiming that green-house gas emissions have done significant damage to the Sunshine State's resources, infrastructure and environmental health.

AG Lockyer states: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and the automakers have refused to act.”

Maybe Gov. Schwarzenegger will finally trade in that Hummer for a Tesla electric.


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