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New Cars in California Must Display Global Warming Score

From: New Cars in California Must Display Global Warming Score | GreenBiz.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- California is making it mandatory for cars to be labeled with global warming scores, figures that take into account emissions from vehicle use and fuel production.

The law requiring the labels goes into effect at the start of next year for all 2009 model cars, though its expected the labels will be popping up on cars in the coming months.

The labeling law forces cars for sale to display a global warming score, on a scale of one to 10, which is based on how vehicles in the same model year compare to one another. The higher the score, the cleaner a car is. The score takes into account emissions related to production of fuel for each vehicle as well as the direct emissions from vehicles.

The score will be displayed next to the already-required smog score, which also rates cars one to 10 for how many smog-forming emissions they emit. For both scores, an average vehicle will have a score of five.

California is the first state of pass such as law, and a similar law will take effect in New York for 2010 model year vehicles. Global warming scores will be included on the state's DriveClean website.

While this law is intended to help consumers take into account emissions while purchasing cars, a proposed law in the European Union would require E.U. public sector bodies put a price on emissions.

A law endorsed by the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety would make governments put a monetary cost on the emissions of vehicles they plan to purchase, and add that to expense calculations. The law would exclude certain types of vehicles, such as ambulances and fire trucks.
 

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Silly.
 

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:bigthumb:

This means??

All I see it doing is adding to the cost of a new car.
Setting up a new regulatory board, a team to verify proper ratings, and hire a bunch of people for enforcement. Add fees to pay for all of the above. I guess it's a badge of honor for the green weenies. Can I get one that says 11 just for kicks?
 

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Y'know, five years from now everyone's gonna look back on this (and other) initiatives and chuckle.

"Man, were folks so sucked in by global warming hysteria..."
 

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Crap.. More stuff to worry about.
 

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Reason #119, why not to live in Kalifornistan. :thinkerg:
what were the other 118? good weather, Hot women and more trails than you can shake a stick at better not be in there. lol

I'm with you Tony on getting one that says 11. Also a hybrid badge to replace my toyota T.
 

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What about the pollution to produce said vehicle? Conveniently leaving that part out?

I think we should have a 'Dollars to US workers' label. :)
 

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what were the other 118?
Are you sure you really want to know? :lol:

good weather, Hot women and more trails than you can shake a stick at better not be in there. lol
There are lots of great things about CA, including many of the people who live there - but in aggregate, there's just not enough to overcome the ridiculous regulation, and the bastions of modern socialism and PC. In my opinion only; YMMV. To be fair, the same could be said of any large metro area in the U.S., none of which I want live in either.
 

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It probably won't be implemented properly, but the numbers could be figured out quite simply and unambiguously (i.e. cheaply). The "cost of the fuel" part suggests some sound thinking went into this (e.g. hydrogen fuel cell cars that "only emit water" - great, but you did have to burn a bunch of fuel to separate the hydrogen in the first place). So this would put all vehicles and fuels on a level playing field in terms of net emitted carbon (per mile, say). It would have been nice to have figured out how much went into making the vehicle - but that would have been quite a lot more complex to figure out.

Overall, it's a nice way of figuring out the relative footprints when you're buying a car.

I would still have bought my FJC, regardless of the scores :)
 

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Funny how the dinasaurs lived all natural without industrial technology but still got wiped out anyway.



"Global Warming Score" pffffft.
Yeah, but if they'd had advanced space technology and a dyno version of Bruce Willis, it all could have been so very, very different.

:)
 
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