Canadian Auto Makers to Reduce Emissions by 25%

canda_flag.jpgAlbeit with a twist of irony, Canada has succesfully struck a voluntary agreement with the “Big Three” U.S. auto manufacturers to reduce emissions by 25% from 1995 levels by the year 2010. The irony: This is essentially a carbon copy of the California emissions reduction law passed last year, which is now so mired by industry lawsuits it may never see the light of day. On Canada:

No other government in North America has ever gotten the car industry to come forward with a voluntary agreement that forces them to do technical changes they weren’t already planning to do.

said John Bennett of the Sierra Club. What enables Canadians to succesfully negotiate what Californians can’t?

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