California Not Green With Envy From Global Warming Scores



California residents have been going green, but with this new mandatory requirement for global warming scores on all new vehicles starting in 2009, California residents may soon be seeing red!


OAKLAND, Calif. — California is making it mandatory for cars to be labeled with global warming scores, figures that take into account emissions from vehicle use and fuel production. Fuel production, what does that mean? California is going green, but with this requirement on all new cars, The law requiring the labels goes into effect at the start of next year for all 2009 model cars, though its expected the labels will be popping up on cars in the coming months.

The labeling law forces cars for sale to display a global warming score, on a scale of one to 10, which is based on how vehicles in the same model year compare to one another. The higher the score, the cleaner a car is. The score takes into account emissions related to production of fuel for each vehicle as well as the direct emissions from vehicles.

The California Air Resources Board said Thursday the window sticker will give consumers the information they need to choose a cleaner-burning car or light truck.


The score will be displayed next to the already-required smog score, which also rates cars from 1-10 for how many smog-forming emissions they emit. For both scores, an average vehicle will have a score of five. What does this mean? The whole law seems so vague. Well, California, get ready to pay some more.

Approved earlier by California lawmakers and supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the regulation was signed into law this week by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The data for the scores is being provided by auto companies to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“The environmental performance label will provide two scores on a scale of 1-10, a Smog Score and a Global Warming Score,” the board stated. “The average new car will score five on both scales. The higher the score the less impact the car has on the environment.”

What will happen to used cars? Sounds like only new cars are covered, so save money and buy a used car.

California Air Resources Board


California is the first state to pass such a law, and a similar law will take effect in New York for 2010 model year vehicles. Check out California’s Drive Clean website for more information on this new requirement for new cars starting in 2009.


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