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New CO2 Rules Are Mixed Blessing for Automakers

Benefits of one national standard may come at cost.

by on Feb.24, 2009

New Rules Would Limit CO2 emissions.

New Rules Would Limit CO2 emissions.

The White House energy and climate czar, Carol Browner, has just given the clearest indications to date that the Obama Administration plans to press ahead on both regulating CO2 emissions under the Clean Air Act and on developing a stronger program for reducing emissions from cars and light trucks.

Speaking to reporters during a National Governors Association meeting over the weekend, Browner said that the Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of reevaluating its obligations about whether or not to treat CO2 and other global warming gases as official “pollutants” that would trigger regulatory action. Quoted in a Dow Jones Newswire story as saying that EPA “will make an endangerment finding,” Browner’s statements have sweeping implications for not only the auto sector, but also for power plants and any other industry that emits greenhouse gases.

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