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September 27, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and other automakers have won a court bid to challenge California rules limiting tailpipe emissions linked to global warming. A federal judge in Fresno, in a ruling filed Monday, turned down California's request to dismiss the case, saying the issues raised by the auto companies in the 2004 lawsuit should be decided in a trial. U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii did not rule on the merits of the case. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 16.
September 21, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The state of California sued the country's largest automobile manufacturers Wednesday, seeking billions of dollars for environmental damage caused by tailpipe emissions. It was the state's latest effort to combat the effects of greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming. The lawsuit drew praise and criticism for Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, who filed it on behalf of the state.
September 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California should be permitted to enact the world's toughest vehicle-emission standards to combat global warming, state Deputy Atty. Gen. Mark Melnick argued in federal court Friday. Automakers are challenging 2004 rules that set tailpipe emission standards for greenhouse gases, which are designed to cut polluting exhaust from cars and light trucks by 25% and from sport utility vehicles by 18%.
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.
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