Emmissions trial ends

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Calling them “purely symbolic” and pre-empted by federal law, a lawyer for the auto industry has urged a judge to throw out greenhouse gas limits on car emissions.

In closing arguments capping a 16-day trial, auto industry attorney Andrew Clubok told the judge yesterday that the regulations won’t stop global warming but will impose hard-to-meet fuel efficiency standards on automakers.

The state says the car makers have the technology or are capable of developing it to comply with the regulations.

The regulations have been adopted by California and 11 other states but yet to take effect anywhere.

The Vermont case is the first to go to trial.

Both sides now have 30 days to file briefs before the judge issues a ruling.

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