Monday, March 10, 2003

One of our current projects is a look at our dependence on fossil fuels and what alternative energy solutions are available now and in the near future. California passed a regulation in 1990 that said ten percent of cars must be emission free by 2003 and the auto companies developed and sold a number of electric vehicles to meet the requirement, while fighting the regulation at the same time. Now, with the coming of hybrid vehicles (they're all over the streets in San Francisco) and lots of attention on fuel cell cars, the regulation has been modified, with new emissions requirements for 2005 and beyond, and the electric vehicle programs discontinued. link . Is this an example of a good policy adapting to new technology, or the auto makers prevailing in a long lobbying fight, with round two coming between now and 2005?