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Automakers Scoff at New California Standards

July 24, 2002

Automakers are dismissing California's new carbon-dioxide emissions law as a backdoor way of imposing fuel-economy standards that the federal government failed to pass, according to the Detroit Free Press."Federal law and common sense prohibit eachstate from developing its own fuel economy standards," said Josephine S. Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance ofAutomobile Manufacturers.Auto companies say the new law would force them to make the same design changes that would havebeen required if the federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards been increased. The Alliance for AutomobileManufacturers said it will file a federal lawsuit on behalf of its members to prevent implementation of the California law.
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