Thursday, September 30, 2004

at some point won't california just get fed up and secede ?

they've GOT to be getting tired of the rest of the country dragging them backwards on such a wide variety of issues. once again, when california leads, the rest of america tries every possible manner of kicking, screaming and generally unacceptable public behavior to keep them from doing the right thing:

An eight-lane-wide menu of stalling tactics is promised by automakers, who say they'll keep all options open in vociferous resistance to the new rules. Detroit manufacturers have a long history of resisting government-mandated innovations from catalytic converters to low- and zero-emission cars since the early 1960s.

"California's cars and trucks still create 40 percent of this state's [greenhouse gases] and are clearly linked to global warming," says Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D) of Woodland Hills, who authored the bill that led to the rules. "The automobile industry and oil companies declared full-scale war, just as they had fought seat belts, air bags, catalytic converters, and unleaded gas."

that's a long list of items with enormous social benefits, all of which the auto industry fought against tooth and nail. the next time you hear an auto company talking about 'social responsibility' keep it in mind.

- LH


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