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EPA Approves California Clean Cars Program

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 27, 2012

The EPA's approval gives the Air Resources Board the green light to continue with its Clean Cars Program.  The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80-percent of 1990 levels by 2050.

 Roland Hwang with the Natural Resources Defense Council says California's efforts have started to yield results -with the help of automakers, "They sent their lobbyists and lawyers home, put their engineers to work and typically what we find out is: they can meet our standards at a much lower cost and much earlier than we had predicted. Time and time again, we've seen this."

On Wednesday Honda began production of its Accord Plug-in Hybrid.  It is the first 2014 model car to meet the Air Resources Board's new smog-emission standards.

CARB says light duty vehicle emissions must be cut by one-third within the next twelve years
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