California Abandons ‘Cool Cars’ (National Review, 03.26.10)

Posted by hpayne on March 26, 2010

First they tried mandating white paint. Then they tried requiring black windows. But (surprise!) neither of these attempts to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles passed public muster so the busybodies at California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) have (finally) scrapped their global-warming-fighting “cool cars” rule.

The cool-cars idea has been bouncing off guardrails for the last two years as part of California’s zealous attempt to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars a full 30 percent by 2016 (with domino effects across the country, since California is the biggest U.S. car market).

When the CARB’s first attempt to reflect heat by regulating paint (essentially meaning you could have any color you wanted as long as it was white) was ditched out of fear of consumer backlash, its minions tried the backdoor by requiring manufacturers to make tinted windshields. . . .

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