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August 29, 2003 | Aaron Zitner, Gary Polakovic and Elizabeth Shogren, Times Staff Writers
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would not force automakers, oil companies or others to reduce "greenhouse gas" emissions from automobiles, a decision that may complicate efforts by California and other states to limit the release of carbon dioxide. The EPA denied a 1999 petition from environmental groups, which had asked the agency to use its powers under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new vehicles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
Southern California smog fighters, who have succeeded for a generation in achieving dramatic improvements in air quality, now face a daunting future -- air quality has taken a turn for the worse at a time when most of the needed emissions reductions are largely outside their control. For the region to meet even the most minimally protective air pollution standards, overall emissions must be slashed by about 50% in just seven years.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether the state misrepresented the progress of its auto emissions testing program and allowed polluting vehicles to remain on the road. Since the state adjusted its testing software in 2001, 4% to 5% of cars and light trucks tested have failed -- well below the expected failure rate of 10% to 15%. According to documents obtained by the Boston Globe, the test is not accurately measuring nitrogen oxides, which contribute to air pollution.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
General Motors Corp. said Friday that it has begun talks with the state in hopes of settling state and federal lawsuits it filed to block California's zero-emission-vehicle mandate. The suits were filed last year by GM, the world's largest carmaker, and DaimlerChrysler. The carmakers argued that the ZEV mandate was an effort to force them to sell battery-powered electric vehicles for which, they said, there was no market.
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February 7, 2003 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The proposals were perhaps the two biggest surprises in President Bush's State of the Union speech last week: a big nudge by the government to get Detroit to produce environmentally clean cars that would wean Americans from gas-guzzling vehicles, and a massive U.S. effort to fight AIDS around the world. Sound familiar? They should. Each took root during the Clinton administration and became part of Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
An experimental program that lets motorists tap a pool of electric cars at the Irvine train station is gaining popularity among Orange County companies and institutions interested in alternative means of transportation. The pilot project allows commuters and their employers to share as many as 50 low-emission vehicles for trips to and from the Irvine Transportation Center and for errands during the workday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2002 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California air quality officials are expected today to announce a new initiative to help get more alternative-fuel cars and trucks on the road to help cut soot and smog. The California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership is an effort by business and government leaders to close ranks behind a series of regulations that Los Angeles-area smog fighters recently approved to convert fleets of taxis, trash trucks, shuttle buses and other vehicles to clean fuels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2002 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California set out boldly 12 years ago to fill the highways with smog-free, electric cars, but today air quality officials are quietly admitting failure and embarking on a new strategy to cut tailpipe emissions. The planned rollout date for the zero-emission vehicle is at hand. But the arrival of fully functional and affordable electric cars is nowhere in sight, as vacant battery-charging parking spaces at shopping centers attest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2002 | GARY POLAKOVIC and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move that could change the way cars are designed nationwide, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday signed into law legislation that makes California the first state to combat global warming by requiring reduced tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2002 | George Skelton
SACRAMENTO "Well, howdy," the voice shouted from out of the dash. "I'm Cal Worthington." Him again. "I'm here to warn you about something that's very, very important to all of us. You know, they're about to pass that new law in California that would prevent you from buying the vehicles you need and want ... let state bureaucrats push for huge new taxes on minivans, trucks and SUVs ... "This is serious. And this bill is in the fast lane for final approval ... " Little did Cal know.
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