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Automakers construct excuses, not solutions
According to the New York Times, American automakers recently put together a short list of reasons for not cutting carbon dioxide emissions in their vehicle fleets:
1. Individual states don't have the right to regulate CO2 emissions.
2. Smaller vehicles endanger occupants lives.
3. Global warming really isn't all that bad. The scramble to defend automotive carbon pollution follows a Supreme Court decision on April 2, classifying carbon dioxide as an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. This ruling allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate CO2, paving the way for individual states such as California and several other Northeastern states to mandate emissions cuts in automobiles.