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Judge Rejects Automakers' Bid to Scrap State Emission rules

posted on September 14, 2007

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont, New York and other states score a victory in their fight to get car makers to comply with rules aimed at reducing global warming. U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions ruled yesterday that state rules on greenhouse gas emissions don't conflict with federal mileage standards -- and automakers should be able to develop the technology to meet them. During a 16-day trial that concluded in May, auto industry executives testified that the regulations - adopted by California and 11 other states including New York - would not stop global warming but would impose devastating new costs on the industry. For the rules to take effect, the Environmental Protection Agency still must grant a waiver applied for by California under the federal Clean Air Act. New York's Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Pete Grannis, said the court decision affirms the rights of states to require car makers to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from their vehicles.

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