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E-M:/ Opinion: California's Message to. . .Michigan?
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- Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 14:41:26 -0400
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Title: Opinion: California's Message to. .
OK, so we don't have Pataki, but maybe we'll do better one day
soon. The message, of course, is that Michigan and its host
industry are followers. Michigan's latest NextEnergy plan may
help to meet the challenge, but lets remember that without California
(and New York?), there would be little meaningful public policy
pushing for CO2 reductions in this industry.
July 24, 2002
Opinion: California's Message to George Pataki
Gov. Pataki should follow the example of Gov. Davis of California by
requiring automakers to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
California's Message to George
Gov. Gray Davis of California signed a landmark bill on Monday that
for the first time will require automakers to reduce emissions of
carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas believed to be largely responsible
for global warming. Though the law applies only to cars sold in
California, it will force the manufacturers to develop fuel-efficient
technologies that all cars can use. This ripple effect will be even
greater if other states follow California's lead, as the Clean Air Act
allows them to do.
One governor who could sustain the momentum is George Pataki of New
York. Mr. Pataki regards the environment as one of his strong suits,
and indeed he has compiled a commendable list of achievements. Global
warming, however, presents an unusually stern test, since it means
taking on not only Detroit but also the utilities, big producers of
carbon dioxide. Last year Mr. Pataki appointed a special task force to
give him ideas on what to do about global warming, and a draft report
is now on his desk. The report recommends state action to reduce
tailpipe emissions, much as California has done, as well as big
reductions in power plant emissions. Mr. Pataki is hospitable to the
idea of cleaning up the utilities, but he's said little about
Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat and key player
in Albany, will shortly introduce legislation that would mimic the
California law and require the same fuel-efficient cars to be
available to New Yorkers. It's hard to see why Mr. Pataki would not
want to support this cause, especially in an election year. He could
inspire other governors, while sending a much-needed message to the
Bush administration, which has shown no interest in the issue.
Moreover, there should be no political downside to taking a leadership
role on one of the world's most pressing environmental
Charles Griffith, Auto Project
117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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