Transportation | December 02, 2008 |
Florida Proposes Tougher Emissions Standards
With its high gas prices and recurring smog problem, California has for years been a nationwide leader in pressing for meaningful fuel economy and emissions standards. However, the nation's largest state—by population, anyway—was famously denied permission to impose higher global warming emissions standards by the EPA. This led to a massive lawsuit brought by 18 states to force the EPA to allow California to impose its stricter standards.
You may very soon see Florida's name added to that list. The Sunshine State has voted to adopt stricter tailpipe emissions standards, with the goal of cutting the carbon emissions across all new cars sold in 2016 to a third of current levels. The proposal, initiated by Republican Governor Charlie Crist, must still pass the state legislature to become law, but appears to have broad bipartisan support.
The state has some serious motivation for combatting climate change. It has been hammered in recent years by hurricanes some blame on the progress of global warming, is the US's most low-lying state by average elevation, and could suffer immensely from rising sea levels. Some of the Florida's most expensive real estate lies at or just above water level, and the state's economy relies heavily on its healthy tourism industry.