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Blatant attack on our Governor's action to make life more equitable...

It seems the forces of evil are out to destroy our Governor's line item veto of HB 3135.
Although OR DOJ seems confident that we will prevail, take nothing for granted as we need to expose the oil serpents for the greedy bastards that they are.

SCARY! 19.Sep.2005 16:17


Governor's auto emission proposal faces industry suit
Shelly Strom
Business Journal staff writer

Gov. Ted Kulongoski faces an uphill battle in his effort to reduce greenhouse gases in Oregon.

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Opponents of Kulongoski's plan to establish tighter standards on vehicle emissions have filed a legal complaint to block the effort.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed against the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Sept. 9 in Marion County Circuit Court, assert that tighter standards will drive vehicle prices higher, dampening consumer demand.

"The effect of those price increases will be to reduce demand for new vehicles and thus to reduce the number of new vehicles sold and the revenues of Oregon motor vehicle dealers derived from retail sales," wrote Lindsay Hart Neil & Weigler attorney Carl Neil. He represents a group of 10 plaintiffs that includes state Sens. Ted Ferrioli, Wayne Scott and Susan Morgan. Several Oregon vehicle dealers, including Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Ron Tonkin Honda, as well as Washington, D.C.-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers also are plaintiffs.

The group takes issue with a line-item veto the governor made in a bill that provides funding for DEQ to operate in the current state budget cycle.

The complaint alleges the governor went beyond his authority when he deleted from House Bill 3135, the DEQ funding bill, a section legislators added to forbid DEQ from implementing tough emission standards recently put in place by California officials.

However, since the governor vetoed the section and signed the bill Aug. 29, DEQ staffers have gone to work researching the concept and assembled a citizen review team.

California standards require that most passenger vehicles and light duty trucks manufactured for sale in the state produce roughly 30 percent less carbon dioxide in 2009 than models available today.

Carbon dioxide is considered to be a major source of greenhouse gases, which deplete the ozone layer of the earth's atmosphere. Most scientists contend that greenhouse gas emissions are causing temperature on earth to increase.

Research by California officials suggested more stringent standards could drive the price of vehicles incrementally between $1,000 to $3,000 by 2016.

But that doesn't take into account increased fuel efficiency, a byproduct of the tougher standards.

DEQ officials used fuel price data from 2004 -- prior to steep inclines that have happened since -- to calculate a fuel economy benefit.

"We estimate, using a gasoline price of $1.74 per gallon, that the consumer will actually see a net savings of $3 to $7 per month," said Andy Ginsburg, DEQ air quality manager. Based on current gasoline prices hovering around $3 per gallon, the savings would be significantly higher.

Plaintiff Ferrioli suggests that the economic benefits resulting from the increased standards are questionable.

how 'bout a demonstration? 19.Sep.2005 21:28

at Mercedes, at Tonkin?

It's really simple. People who don't believe in crazy things like global warming won't give a hoot, and believers might care. Since surveys show that many people believe in global warming, a protest could drive (ha ha, get it?) a couple customers away.

I don't think these dealerships should be so focused on the bottom line (and the automotive industry as a whole should be charged for the environmental restoration that we're going to need as a result of their generosity). I _DO_ think that these dealerships should also pay the price for being bigger pricks than the other dealers around town. WTF? Does anybody really believe that an extra 1,500 in cost is going to deter your average customer from going with a Mercedes? The dealerships that suffer the most will be Tonkin and the less luxury mainstream dealers.

So how 'bout it? Who's with me? And when should it be?