Image source does not exist News Release: 2011-02-07 CARB cautions car companies about Auto Alliance statements

Release #:11-08

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Stanley Young

CARB cautions car companies about Auto Alliance statements

Chairman Mary Nichols asks them to disavow incorrect claims

SACRAMENTO - Today, Chairman Mary D. Nichols released a letter sent to seven major automobile manufacturers challenging them to disavow claims made by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to Representatives Upton and Issa or risk returning to the environmental battles of the Bush era.

Nichols expressed concern that misrepresentation of ongoing negotiations jeopardizes progress with the federal agencies to develop and implement vehicle emission standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California and nationwide while saving consumers money at the pump.

Nichols also corrected several long-debunked claims made by the Alliance, and ended the letter by requesting that the CEOs take action to prevent the constructive relationship between the regulators and the companies from being undermined.

The full text of the letter is available at:

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