Climate change may not have played a major role in the presidential campaigns so far, but it certainly was a hot-button issue in 2007. However, as the NY Times points out, while public opinion "had been shifting for some time" and finally "gelled with the surprise success of 'An Inconvenient Truth,'" the decisions in 2007 that mattered most to green transportation "may have been those made inside courtrooms and government agencies." Here are a few examples:
1) The Supreme Court ruled in April that "the E.P.A. had the authority and duty to control carbon dioxide as a tailpipe pollutant."
2) California sued the E.P.A. in October, "demanding action" on a waiver needed to enact tough rules established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to limit greenhouse gases. Twelve other states that adopted the rules were waiting to see whether the E.P.A. would grant the waiver.3) Al Gore and the IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize, while "momentum for the California rules seemed to be increasing with a United States District Court judge’s rejection in December of an auto-industry motion challenging California’s authority."
4) Congress raised the CAFE standard for the first time in three decades. Unfortunately, "on the same day that President Bush signed the bill, the E.P.A. rejected California’s waiver request," prompting governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to say "our lawyers will be back. . .in '08."
All in all, not a bad year for green transportation. . .but there's a lot more work to be done in '08.
Via: ::NY Times
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