Select your localized edition:

Close ×

More Ways to Connect

Discover one of our 28 local entrepreneurial communities »

Be the first to know as we launch in new countries and markets around the globe.

Interested in bringing MIT Technology Review to your local market?

MIT Technology ReviewMIT Technology Review - logo

 

Unsupported browser: Your browser does not meet modern web standards. See how it scores »

Remember those new fuel economy standards proposed by the Bush Administration that I blogged about a few days ago? Turns out there’s a much more nefarious regulation buried within them–they would also bar states from implementing their own emissions and mileage standards. That appears aimed directly at states like California, Maine, and several others that have adopted stringent anti-pollution vehicle guidelines (pioneered in California).

Language in the administration’s proposed standards would outlaw such state initiatives. Page 150 of the administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards proposal reads: “We reaffirm our view that a state may not impose a legal requirement relating to fuel economy, whether by statute, regulation or otherwise, that conflicts with this rule. A state that seeks to reduce motor vehicle carbon dioxide emissions is…pre-empted.”

Steve Hinchman, a lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation in Portland, assailed the Bush proposal as “remarkably feeble,” and took issue with the provision that would erode states’ rights to set vehicle standards.

“This is actually a clumsy backdoor effort to shut down the most (environmentally) protective efforts in the country,” Hinchman said by telephone Thursday.

Sneaky, sneaky. These new regulations ought to be opposed for this reason alone. (The fact that they won’t do much of anything to save fuel is the least of its problems.)

0 comments about this story. Start the discussion »

Reprints and Permissions | Send feedback to the editor

From the Archives

Close

Introducing MIT Technology Review Insider.

Already a Magazine subscriber?

You're automatically an Insider. It's easy to activate or upgrade your account.

Activate Your Account

Become an Insider

It's the new way to subscribe. Get even more of the tech news, research, and discoveries you crave.

Sign Up

Learn More

Find out why MIT Technology Review Insider is for you and explore your options.

Show Me
×

A Place of Inspiration

Understand the technologies that are changing business and driving the new global economy.

September 23-25, 2014
Register »