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CARB is taking public comment on proposed standards now

California has been working with the federal government on the CAFE fuel economy standards while at the same time working inside the state government to improve the air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has now confirmed more plans to help improve the air quality in the state and that plan involves mandates to get more electric vehicles onto the market. The plan calls for 1.4 million more electric and plug-in vehicles as well as hydrogen powered cars to hit the roads. 
The new standards are expected to cover 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles. The plan wants to reduce greenhouse gas emission from vehicles by 34% compared with the levels set for 2016 and to drive more purchases of EVs. CARB says that the new rules will add $1,900 to the price of a new vehicle by 2025, but the efficiency will save $6,000 in fuel costs over the vehicles life.

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If the 1.4 million zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicle number is reached that would mean one in seven or 15% of all new vehicles sold would be that type of vehicle. Automakers selling cars in California would need to make 15.4% of their entire fleets ZEVs to meet the proposed standards. The rules would also force all passenger cars and light trucks sold in California to reach the state super-ultra-low emission vehicle standards by 2025. If approved by the California Office of Administrative Law, the regulations would become law in 2012.
The proposed rules by the State of California aren't good enough for the Union of Concerned Scientists reports the NYT. This union wants to increase the proposed standard by 30% and put 1.8 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. A public comment period on CARBs proposal is going until December 12.
The full CARB proposal is here in PDF form.

Sources: NYT, Energy Efficiency News

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RE: Awesome
By FITCamaro on 12/15/2011 2:21:43 PM , Rating: 1
Fine then you pay for it. If the people of Commifornia want it, they can pay for it. I shouldn't have to.

RE: Awesome
By retrospooty on 12/15/2011 4:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure you dont have to. CA puts more money into the US economy than any other state and more money into the Fed than any other state, both by a large margin.

Granted they mismanage the hell out of what they have, but they arent a burden on the other states.

RE: Awesome
By Paj on 12/16/2011 7:42:17 AM , Rating: 1
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on DOT roads, to my house which has not bumed down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the Internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on and Fox News forums about how SOCIALlSMin medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.

RE: Awesome
By Dr of crap on 12/16/2011 8:39:19 AM , Rating: 3
Priceless !

RE: Awesome
By KoS on 12/16/2011 10:39:37 AM , Rating: 3
And you just proved how much "control" a govt has or rather can have over the people. Just put in the "right" people.

I just can't wait for a "government agency" to help me chose my clothes to wear, what car I can drive, what food I can or can't eat, what time I can go to bed and get up, what type of employment I'm able to do....

All the good government does now, more would be even better!

RE: Awesome
By tng on 12/16/2011 12:57:27 PM , Rating: 3

The really funny thing about his post is that he thinks that his food and medicines are safe because of the FDA. Also I guess he doesn't know that the Federal Reserve Bank is not a government agency, and the EPA approved fuel he puts in his tank is less efficient due to EPA meddling.

RE: Awesome
By Ringold on 12/16/2011 1:32:01 PM , Rating: 3
He probably thinks it was logical and, overall, absolute gold. He lists a bunch of smaller government operations, like NOAA (compared to the size of budgetary monsters like Social Security) and the safety-mandating FDA, which basically sets minimum standards and once in a blue moon performs an inspection but otherwise leaves the free market totally alone, and then closes it out trying to connect those things to total government control of a vast portion of the economy - medicine. Control complete with price controls, etc.

And no mention of colossal government failures when price controls and market domination has been attempted before, both by the US and other nations throughout history. That'd require education and critical analysis, though.

Not even a mention of how the FDA is downright lethargic and still occasionally screws up compared to other regulators in the rich world! Government can do no wrong.

RE: Awesome
By tng on 12/16/2011 3:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
He probably thinks it was logical and, overall, absolute gold.
He also mentions the USPO that is also loosing money, and public schools who never seem to have enough money either, although here in CA it is the largest single budget item for the state. Not to mention that for the most part private schools beat out public in testing.

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