Tougher Standards for the Auto Industry
Only days after his inauguration, President Barack Obama has begun reversing the Bush administration's climate policies, Reuters reports. On January 26, Obama directed the EPA to reconsider California's request to impose its own limits on vehicle emissions. The request, denied under the previous administration, would hold California's tailpipes to tougher guidelines than current federal mandates. The expected EPA approval could be followed by similar requests by as many as 18 other states. In addition to addressing emissions standards, Obama also announced plans to raise federal fuel-efficiency standards for 2011 vehicle models.
While Obama's push for greener cars may revive a struggling auto industry, some green bloggers have announced their own tough set of standards: for example, ecogeek's shot at Toyota's average mpg and Treehugger's roundup of the ugliest eco-vehicles.