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WA Cheers Court Decision to Give ‘Green Cars’ a Green Light

September 13, 2007

Washington is on track to require lower emission standards for vehicles starting with the 2009 model year. New York and Vermont have been in court with U.S. automakers over similar plans and a federal judge has ruled that states can enact the stronger clean air standards developed by California. K.C. Golden of the Seattle group Climate Solutions” says the battle’s not over because the E.P.A. still has to sign off on the new standards.

"It’s not the final legal obstacle and it’s amazing that the auto companies and the federal government continue looking for legal avenues to prevent us from doing what Washingtonians are clearly very eager to do, which is have more 'clean car' choices come into the marketplace."

Golden says this is the second big court win for states that want to adopt the stronger pollution standards for vehicles. If the E.P.A. drags its feet, Washington's law may be delayed for one more year. The automakers testified in court that it will either be impossible or too costly for them to implement fuel-saving and pollution-reduction technology soon enough to meet the new standards.

Golden says the states have been pushing to adopt the California standards in the absence of federal foresight.

"Such a huge part of our global warming pollution and our energy security problems is linked to this huge failure in public policy to require more efficient vehicles."

The courts decision document can be found on online at

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA