Environmentalists Hail Order On Auto Emissions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Environmentalists say the move to reconsider whether states can impose tougher vehicle emissions standards than the federal government could give Colorado one more way to combat climate change.

Gov. Bill Ritter proposed cutting tailpipe emissions as part of his plan last year to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20 Percent by 2020. But the Bush administration blocked California’s Plan to set tougher tailpipe emission standards, also thwarting other states’ efforts.

President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to re-examine whether states should be allowed to have tougher standards.

Environment Colorado says 27 percent of Colorado’s carbon dioxide emissions came from vehicles between 1990 and 2004.

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