Global Warming Bill to Curb Exhaust Headed to California Senate
Ignoring pleas of carmakers and business groups, a key state Senate committee passed a bill April 29 to curb global warming by further reducing California tailpipe emissions after 2009. The Senate Appropriations Commission voted 8-3 to approve the bill and send it to the Senate floor for a vote, according to the Associated Press.The Assembly passed the bill Jan. 31. The bill, sponsored by environmental groups and carried by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, asks the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to write regulations reducing carbon dioxide emissions by January 2005.Backers say about 23 million vehicles contribute 60 percent of California's so-called "greenhouse gases" attributed to global warming. The bill would apply to new cars andlight trucks and not to commercial vehicles.The April 29 vote followed testy exchanges between a lobbyist for car dealers who labeled the bill a "physical abomination," and committee Democrats who called automakers "obstructionists."