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21 Dec 2007 04:12:34

California set to fight low-carbon ruling

California set to fight low-carbon ruling
Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to pursue legal action against a decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block his state from imposing limits of carbon emissions from cars.

The ruling by the body also puts on hold similar plans from another 17 US states, with all of them aiming to reduce vehicle emissions by 30 per cent by 2016.

Justifying its decision, the EPA had claimed that a federal energy bill passed earlier this week included fuel economy measures, but Californian officials claimed their measures were more stringer and pledged to fight the ruling.

"We will sue to overturn this ruling as quickly as possible," Mr Schwarzenegger said, labelling the decision "legally indefensible."

"I have no doubt that we will prevail because the law, science and the public's demand for leadership are on our side. Anything less than aggressive action is inexcusable."

According to InsideBayArea.com, California and the 17 other states expressing intent to implement the clean air standard account for 47 per cent of the US population and 46 per cent of its car use. ADNFCR-1235-ID-18404824-ADNFCR

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