As the state of California moves ahead with efforts to put caps on carbon dioxide emissions, other states, including Vermont, are trying to follow suit.
Vermont is targeting automobiles – proposing new rules that would gradually reduce C02 emissions from cars, starting with the 2009 model year. That’s when car companies would have to reduce C02 emissions by 2%, leading to an eventual 30% reduction by the year 2016.
The automobile industry is fighting the move in federal court, and as part of that process, state and environmental groups have provided expert witnesses to make a case for the reductions.
Dr. Barry Rock is one of those experts. He’s a Professor in the Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, and he recently spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about why he felt it was important to testify.