Good News for Clean Air Fans

Automakers Lose Case Against Tougher Emissions Standards – AHN

A federal judge ruled against a coalition of automakers Wednesday in a landmark decision that could set a precedent for granting states the authority to combat global warming by setting stricter emissions standards than those established by federal law.

The lawsuit, filed by the Association of International Automakers, argued that stepped-up regulations would cause undue economic harm to the industry while not significantly reducing pollution. It also charged that sole authority to set fuel-efficiency standards and, indirectly, carbon-emission standards, rests with the federal government.

However U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III ruled against the automakers, saying that compliance is possible and that it would not “limit consumer choice, create economic hardship for the automobile industry, cause significant job loss or undermine safety.”

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