It's Getting Hot in Here: The High-Stakes Debate Over Fuel Economy and Climate Standards

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Oct. 22, 2009

By Jim Motavalli

Dan Becker (no relation to Julie), director of the Safe Climate Campaign at the Center for Auto Safety, was a formidable campaigner for clean car laws during his tenure at the Sierra Club, and has continued the work in his current post. The other Becker’s testimony, he said, is a reference to “the many loopholes they have been lobbying for. They are pushing to be allowed to make vehicles that guzzle and pollute more if they make a few that run on electricity or many that could theoretically run on ethanol or if they fix the leaks of air conditioner coolant. Luxury manufacturers want more time to comply. Why can’t these guys just comply with the law rather than wheedle the government to dodge it?”