Bill Ford has spent much of the past 11 years agitating for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions limits. Now Ford is unhappy that his company is reaping what he sowed.
In a January 12 letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Ford Motor Co. complained that California and 13 other states adopted stringent CO2 tailpipe emissions standards.
Ford rightly whinges that,
The enforcement of the state-specific standards would have a detrimental impact on the auto industry, and the 8 million jobs it directly supports, by forcing manufacturers to comply with incompatible state and federal [greenhouse gas] regulations… The potential impacts and costs of such standards include the following:
- Adversely impacting automotive-related employment in states not adopting the California standards
- Forcing dealers in affected states to restrict, ration or eliminate sales of selected models
- Forcing manufacturers to reduce or eliminate production of selected models
- Reducing the selection of vehicles available to consumers in affected states
Tighter state regulation, of course, was always foreseeable. The Clean Air Act permits states to regulate air emissions more stringently than federal standards. This was such a commonly accepted notion that it was incorporated into the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that Ford supported through the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.
No wonder we named Bill Ford the “Carbon Laughingstock.”