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GM Responds Thoughtfully To California Waiver


2010 Chevrolet Equinox

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

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Falling short of praise for the Obama Administration's dedication to carefully review California's requested waiver to go around - and exceed - the EPA's emissions and consumption mandates, GM issued a statement yesterday claiming it is "ready to engage" the administration and Congress in the discussion.

A far cry from Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox's cry that allowing state-by-state emissions regs would be "devastating to the auto industry," GM's response is calm, cooperative, and optimistic. They mention that they want to support "meaningful and workable solutions and targets that benefit consumers from coast to coast," suggesting that they may not be completely behind California and 13 other states' proposed 30 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions and sharp increase in mpg by 2013.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt

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It's nice to see GM, typically so resistant to change, respond to this news in a thoughtful and even tone. And when they say that they're "working aggressively on the products and the advance technologies that match the nation's and consumers' priorities to save energy and reduce emissions," for once it's far more than just PR spin; substantive change has already begun within the company, from the adoption of GDI (gasoline direct injection) engines in the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and huge investments into E-REV electric propulsion technology for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

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  1. "Re:California waiver"

    This is one battle the car company's will not win.I am glad to see that GM as stepped out front with it's latest position on working towards acheiving these proposed EPA standards.They have the Volt technolgy just about ready to bring to market,which would more than meet these new required regulations.Take the money from the goverments and retool the plants to meet the demand.
    If our new motto is we are green,then let's do what we say.
     
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  2. "EPA"

    The reason GM is sofe on this, now is because they took govt bailout money and now they are stuck with anything the "chosen one" wants.
    Producing cars for each state's EPA if this thing goes through will only cost GM more money to produce different cars fro different EPA standards which will passed on to the consumer. More money for cars that most people don't want. When gas prices went up (remember Obama said he had no problem with gas bneing $4 a gallon) people bought small cars out of preceived necessity. When gas prices went down, people started buying SUVs and trucks again. Why? Because give a free will choice, Amercians choose trucks and SUVs!
    This isn't about reducing pollution, its about forcing the false greenie mandate of global warming!
    We can drill & use our natural resources but to the radical greenies its all or nothing.
    And this is now THEY intend to force all Americans to drive cars that THEY want all Americans to drive, by legislation
    One more freedom taken away by dacronian rules based on false "science"
    Welcome to the Obamanation
     
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