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Now, according to this article in the New York Times, the Justice Department is seeking to bring antitrust charges against the companies that negotiated with California to set fuel efficiency standards. It is highly likely that these charges will not stick, but it does cool efforts to improve automobile efficiency at a time when there is growing evidence for the climate changing all around us. This cognitive dissonance is causing many to lose faith in the ability of the US government to act effectively on this important issue that will impact the coming generations.
As this opinion piece in the Times by Jody Freeman notes, everyone--the manufacturers, environmentalists, and the public--want the new emissions standards. We all know who doesn't. This level of petty tinkering is doing great damage to our environment and our way of governing.