Tell the auto industry to innovate, not litigate - action February 17, 2005 12:27 PM
The five largest car companies have filed a lawsuit to block California's landmark "clean cars" bill from taking effect. Tell the companies to call off their lawyers and call in their engineers.
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Car companies are spending a fortune selling us on a vision of cleaner cars. In a recent ad, General Motors claims: "We're making sure children today are in clean cars tomorrow." And DaimlerChrysler asserts: "Energy for the future: You would like to drive an emissions free car? Come along with us."
But instead of putting its money where its mouth is, the auto industry is fighting progress by suing California to block a new law that would cut global warming pollution from cars by 30 percent by 2016. Car exhaust is the second largest source of heat-trapping gases that are changing the world's climate and harming our health.
California, the nation's biggest car market, has adopted the world's first regulations to cut global warming pollution from automobiles. But instead of relying on their engineers to deliver pollution-cutting technologies to consumers, the auto companies brought in their legal teams to pursue backward and unproductive litigation. Even Toyota, Honda and Ford, despite their recent gas-electric hybrids, have locked arms against the clean car law.
The automakers filed suit in December to block California's new emissions standards from taking effect. If the companies prevail, they could effectively hijack the future of clean cars for years to come.
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