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Mobilizing for Miles Per Gallon
Everyone who's ever sat fuming at a big gas-guzzling SUV now has the company of California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. California and nine other states are suing the Bush administration over mileage rules for sport utility vehicles and light trucks. The decision is actually made in the Department of Transportation, run by Norman Mineta, but that's in the Executive Branch, so he was appointed by and reports to Bush.
In fact, the Transportation people made the fuel economy requirements slightly higher than they had been, but the suit alleges that technology allows for cars that are much more fuel-efficient, and that we'd see more of them if the law encouraged automakers to produce them.
As gas prices get higher, consumer demand may also encourage car companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. The San Jose Mercury-News reports that "Buyers who want a big SUV or pickup, though, aren't changing their minds in favor of a Toyota Prius hybrid or a cozy new high-mileage Honda Fit. But they are giving serious consideration to SUVs and trucks that use less gas than rival models."
Now if we could only get more work on alternative fuel sources. How about the grease car?
Photo by malingering via Flickr.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.