Law require ARB to force auto manufacturers for reductions of greenhouse gasses?

In July of 2002 Gov. Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 1493, authored by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, directing the ARB to achieve the maximum feasible and cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gases from California's motor vehicles. The law requires the reductions to take into account the time allotted, environmental, economic, social, and technological factors. The law also requires that the reductions be “cost effective” - meaning economical to an owner or operator of a vehicle. The ARB is additionally required to consider economic impacts on jobs, businesses, and California business competitiveness with other states, and that flexibility be granted to manufacturers, allowing them to suggest alternative approaches that would achieve equivalent emission reductions.



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