Lockyer sues to challenge new SUV fuel economy
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
May 3, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - California Attorney General Bill
Lockyer filed a lawsuit in a federal appeals court in San Francisco
yesterday to challenge the Bush administration's new fuel economy
standards for sports utility vehicles and other light trucks.
The lawsuit filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
behalf of the people of California was joined by nine other states,
the District of Columbia and New York City.
Lockyer said the lawsuit will claim that the rules issued by
the U.S. Department of Transportation on March 29 fail to address
the effects of the new standards on the environment and global
The attorney general said, "With gas prices skyrocketing,
we must substantially increase fuel efficiency in new vehicles,
not only to protect the pocketbooks of working families, but also
to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to global warming."
Lockyer contended that the administration "has missed an
opportunity to promote new technology, fuel economy and conservation
by issuing fuel economy goals that are status quo.
Another lawsuit challenging the new rules was filed in the appeals
court last month by a conservation group, the Center for Biological
Under federal law, there is a 60-day period after issuance of
the rules in which lawsuits challenging the standards can be filed.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation was not immediately
available for comment.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in March that the
new rules are "the most ambitious fuel economy goals for
light trucks ever developed in the program's 27-year history."
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