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Accord to the Detroit Free Press:
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. auto industry suffered a major legal setback Wednesday when a federal judge in Vermont rejected its attempt to block states from setting tough new fuel economy rules, saying the industry failed to show the rules were illegal, unsafe or unattainable.After some thought, I think this is a great legal decision. Think about it. The Federal Government is giving back States Rights.
Environmental groups hailed the ruling as a historic victory, saying it decimated the industry's arguments in Congress against higher federal fuel economy standards and would pressure the Bush administration to let California and 14 other states put the rules into effect.
Given that the states involved account for more than half of all new vehicles sold, the laws could become a de facto national standard if they stand. The rules would require automakers to meet by 2016 an average fuel economy of about 43 miles per gallon in vehicles that weigh less than 3,750 pounds and an average of about 26 m.p.g. in heavier vehicles -- higher targets than in any of the fuel economy bills under debate in Congress.
It really doesn't matter if the states are right about what they want to legislate as much as it matters that they be given the green light to do what they want and ignore what the pols in Washington dictate.This sets a precedent for other legislation; drugs, sex, marriage, taxes... Federal law means nothing! If Montana doesn't like fully automatic gun sales restrictions, it simply overrides those laws with its own. If California wants to grant citizenship to anyone who arrives, they are in like Flynn. If Vermont wants all cars to run on hydrogen gas, pass a law. If New Jersey wants all electricity from coal fired plants banned, then pass a law!
The point is that what Washington wants becomes moot. States are now free to create their own market chaos. Only pink paint made from certified organic fair trade compounds can be sold in Massachusetts!
And here's one extra good point: the states that choose to be less intrusive into the market choices of their residents will benefit greatly because people from states who pass stupid laws will have to go to states that don't pass those stupid laws if those people want to exercise their market choices. Want a large car or SUV? Come to Michigan to buy it because you won't get it in California or Vermont.What a way to fix excessive legislation: let the states that exercise their stupidity enjoy the rewards of their stupidity... less choice and more cost... starting with fleets of two-passenger sub-sub-compact cars.
Better not have more than one kid to take to school.
Yup, at least 43 mpg.