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California Sues Over Vehicle Emissions

The state wants carmakers to pay for damage caused by greenhouse gases.

September 21, 2006|Marc Lifsher | Times Staff Writer

Honda spokesman Jeffrey Smith said that his company was a leader in developing vehicles with greater fuel economy and lower emissions, and that Honda wanted the federal government to deal with global warming by raising fuel economy standards.

The attorney general's lawsuit Wednesday is one of about half a dozen legal battles he's fighting in federal court over the global warming issue. California and other states have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that the Bush administration is not enforcing the U.S. Clean Air Act when it comes to greenhouse gases.

Lockyer also is suing the federal government, alleging it fails to enforce fuel-efficiency mileage standards for sport utility vehicles and light trucks. California and other states are appealing a U.S. District Court judge's negative ruling on a nuisance suit against electric power plant operators.

"Global warming is causing significant harm to California's environment, economy, agriculture and public health," Lockyer said. "The impacts are already costing millions of dollars, and the price tag is increasing."

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marc.lifsher@latimes.com

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