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.
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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.