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California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that will require one in seven of the new cars sold in the state 2025 be an electric or other zero-emission vehicle.
The policy adopted unanimously by the California Air Resources Board mandates a 75 percent reduction in smog-forming pollutants by 2025, and a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from today’s standards.
Supporters said there are health and global political implications with the new policy.
“Moving in the direction of energy independence, along with the health benefits, which are enormous, really warrant this,” said board member Ron Roberts, a San Diego County supervisor.
“There seems to be almost universal support — or at worst, acceptance — that there really needs to be regulations that will drive advanced technologies that will get us off of our petroleum diet.”
The action was a clear effort to influence other states and Washington as automakers worked with the board and federal regulators on the greenhouse gas rules in an effort to create one national standard for those pollutants.
Companies including Ford Motor Corp., Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and others submitted testimony Thursday supportive of the new standards.
The core philosophy behind the major auto emission standards approved by California air regulators Friday is simple: The less fossil fuel being burned, the cleaner the air.
The package sets tougher goals for cleaner cars, from those that will use traditional gasoline to the new vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Here's an overview of what the standards include.
Access to hydrogen
The program will require oil companies to be responsible for installing hydrogen access points at selected locations once a predetermined number of fuel cell vehicles are on the road.
Under the proposal, refiners and oil importers can open hydrogen refilling points at their own stations or at other locations where demand is greatest.
Teherán suspende las exportaciones de petróleo a seis países europeos
Reuters (via europa press) / February 15, 2012
El Gobierno de Irán han suspendido las exportaciones de petróleo a seis países europeos en represalia por el embargo de la UE al crudo iraní, según informó este miércoles la cadena de televisión Press TV, sin precisar cuáles son los países afectados.
The Iranian government has suspended oil exports to six European countries in retaliation for the EU embargo on Iranian oil, said Wednesday the broadcaster Press TV, without specifying which countries are affected.
Iran state TV says country has cut oil to six European nations in retaliation for sanctions
Associated Press / February 15, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV says Tehran has cut oil exports to six European countries in response to European Union sanctions, which include a boycott of new oil contracts with Iran.
No details were immediately made available on the Press TV report Wednesday, including which six nations were affected by the decision. ...
Iran Cuts Oil Exports To Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal
Michael Rundle / Huffington Post UK / February 15, 2012
Iran has announced it is cutting oil exports to six European countries ahead of sanctions imposed by the EU.
State TV said exports to Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal would be cut, but did not elaborate on to what extent oil would be allowed to be traded, if at all. ...
Mesuge wrote:Pure coincidence, that's about the exact time the russian chief of staff said attack on Iran planned before summer, so they have to set up their own special command center for monitoring the unfolding events.
Hm, seems like the anglosaxon/north atlantic clan TPTB culling order of the 7-9bln. useless reality flat tv watchers has been finally approved and given go status.
Should this further escalate, it prooves the little theory of mine that TPTB know they have got only few years of functioning infrustructure to attempt "final" blow to their perceived enemies/raw resource hogs.
Iran oil ministry denies state media reports on EU oil stop
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters / February 15, 2012
... "We deny this report ... If such a decision is made, it will be announced by Iran's Supreme National Security Council," a spokesman for the ministry told Reuters. ...
Mesuge wrote:Mesuge wrote:In any case I'd wait for more details and statements.
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