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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

2020Talks - October 1, 2020 

Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says they plan to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

NY Wins a “Green Light” for “Greener Cars” Nationwide

September 14, 2007

New York, NY — A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that New York and other states have the power to require car companies to reduce tailpipe climate change pollution, within the next two new vehicle model years. Jared Snyder, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, says New York went to court, because action is needed now.

"Climate change is threatening our resources in New York State. The federal government is not taking action and states like New York stepped up to the plate, the industry resisted, and the court upheld our right to take action."

The ruling allows states to set the same tough pollution control requirements on new cars and trucks that California does. Lawyers for the auto industry testified in court that the technology for cleaner cars to meet the new standards is not yet available, would be too expensive to develop, and could compromise safety.

Patricia Monahan with the Union of Concerned Scientists disagrees. Her organization has already designed a fuel-efficient car with existing technology, as an example to show what car companies could easily manufacture. She says it wasn't rocket science -- just basic auto mechanics.

"The car demonstrates that using conventional, off-the-shelf technology, we can cut global warming pollution by more than 40 percent, and save consumers money at the gas pump."

Bob Muldoon with the Sierra Club says this is the second big court case this year that reaffirms states' rights to require new cars and trucks to get better gas mileages, and spew less pollution.

"This decision should put the nail in the coffin on the failed arguments of the auto industry. They've used every tired argument about safety, job losses, lack of technology, and doubts about global warming that they have."

Attorneys for the automakers say they're considering an appeal.

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY