CA sues feds over SUV mileage standards

San Francisco Chronicle

05/02/06

California today launched its latest skirmish with Bush administration over environmental rules, suing the federal government over SUV gas-mileage standards that the state considers too lax. The suit, joined by nine other states, argues that the federal government didn't fully consider potential damage to the environment when it announced new fuel efficiency standards for sports utility vehicles and light trucks. Under the administration's new standards, issued in March, those vehicles must have a fleet-wide average of 24 mpg by the year 2011. 'With gas prices skyrocketing, we must substantially increase fuel efficiency in new vehicles, not only to protest the pocketbooks of working families, but also to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to global warming,' said California Attorney General Bill Lockyer in a prepared statement...

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