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April 20, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
The California Air Resources Board today is expected to approve an ambitious plan to reduce pollution from the state's booming goods-movement industry. Targeting cargo ships, tractor-trailer trucks and freight trains, the plan calls for reducing total emissions from those sources to 2001 levels by 2010, and for cutting diesel emissions by 85% by 2020.
April 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. market share for diesel-powered cars and light trucks will almost quadruple by 2015 as automakers meet fuel-efficiency demands and as state emission rules become uniform, J.D. Power & Associates said Thursday. Diesel vehicles will account for 11.8% of U.S. sales by 2015, increasing from 3.2% last year, the marketing research firm estimated. The worldwide share for such cars and trucks will rise to 34.2% from 24.7% during the period, according to a J.D. Power study. In the U.S.
August 14, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
For anyone who has ever been stuck behind a car belching thick black plumes of pollution, Southern California's smog cops have a message that some will find reassuring: They will soon be scanning the streets for smoky clunkers.
May 10, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's smog-fighting agency has the power to force cities and private contractors to purchase fleets of low-polluting vehicles, a federal judge has ruled. The decision, hailed Monday by environmental groups and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, at least temporarily reinstates a series of controversial fleet rules for trash trucks, transit buses and other vehicles that had seemingly been invalidated last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
March 24, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Automakers and the Canadian government have reached an agreement requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions from all cars sold in the country in an effort to combat global warming. The voluntary pact, disclosed Wednesday to Parliament by John Efford, Canada's natural resources minister, comes after senior Canadian officials threatened to copy a landmark California law that seeks to force automakers to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.
February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
December 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, despite continued success in reducing pollution that causes smog, an environmental group said Tuesday. Japanese manufacturers again made the cleanest-burning vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists' biennial report, which focused on the 2003 vehicles from the six largest automakers in the U.S. market in terms of sales. Honda Motor Co.
September 23, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
California, long a leader in cutting-edge rules to combat air pollution, is poised this week to adopt the world's first regulation to reduce car emissions that contribute to global warming. The state's latest attempt to be an environmental trailblazer is almost certain to bring a legal challenge from the automobile industry, which accuses the state of using global warming as an excuse to set a new gasoline mileage standard for the entire nation. It also sets up a confrontation between Gov.
September 15, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
You can't argue with 1,200 tons of pollution, the approximate amount of ozone-forming gases that comes from the dirtiest cars every day in California. The vast majority of these cars are more than 10 years old and they are kept on the road by a mix of people who cannot afford anything newer and hobbyists who have fought politically for an exemption from pollution laws. These cars are so dirty that they produce 30 to 50 times the emissions per mile that new cars put out.
July 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
California air pollution officials approved a new rule Thursday that will make it illegal to leave diesel-powered trucks and transit buses running idle for longer than five minutes. The California Air Resources Board passed the new restriction in hopes of cutting vehicle emissions of tiny particles linked to respiratory problems, and the gases that help form smog. The rule will take effect next year. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.
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