Global Warming Bill Amended -- Still Contains Most Controversial ProvisionApril 13, 2010
The authors of the global warming bill (AB 649/SB 450) unveiled the long-awaited changes to the legislation. The substitute amendment, encompassing over 150 pages, removes controversial provisions such as the low carbon fuel standards and California’s low emission vehicle standards.
However, the legislation still requires the most controversial provision -- the renewable energy mandate. The legislation still imposes a requirement that Wisconsin utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2020, and 25 percent by 2025. Business groups strongly oppose this measure arguing that such a mandate will increase energy rates and cost Wisconsin jobs.
EPA/NHTSA Announce New Regs Creating Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for New VehiclesApril 1, 2010
The EPA and National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced its final rule establishing federal regulations creating greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks. The regulations will apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles, covering model years 2012 through 2016.