CaliforniaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s attorney general says the products of the six biggest auto companies are responsible for nearly a third of the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s emissions.
By NICK BUNKLEY
Published: September 21, 2006
California, which has battled the automotive industry over new global warming regulations for years, sued the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s six-largest automakers yesterday, demanding that they pay for environmental damage caused by the emissions of their vehicles.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGlobal warming is causing significant harm to CaliforniaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s environment, economy, agriculture and public health,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? said the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s attorney general, Bill Lockyer.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œVehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
The suit, filed in United States District Court in Northern California, is the first such attempt to hold automakers accountable for the greenhouse gases that vehicles produce. It accuses General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler and Nissan of creating a public nuisance by building millions of vehicles that collectively discharge 289 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.