Greenhouse Gas Regulations
In Sep. 2004, California regulators approved a plan to drastically reduce vehicle emissions related to global warming over the next 11 years. California is joined by nine other states forming a powerful alternative regulatory bloc. Car companies will have to raise the fuel-efficiency standards of their products, or face being blocked from approximately one-third of the nation’s auto market.
The Healthcare for Hybrids Act
The bill proposes that up to 10 percent of the retiree health care costs for a qualifying auto manufacturer be paid by federal financial assistance—that is, if the carmaker invests at least 50 percent of the those savings into alt-fuel, flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles, including the retooling of assembly lines, the retraining of workers, and other costs associated with "the diversifying of domestic production of automobiles through the offering of high-performance fuel efficient vehicles."
Vehicle and Fuel Choices For America’s Security Act
Based on the Blueprint for Energy Security of the Set America Free Coalition, the bill provides an array of policy initiatives from financial incentives to enable Detroit to ramp up production (and consumers to ramp up acquisition) of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and flexible fuel vehicles to increase fuel choice, to measures to reduce diesel consumption by heavy duty trucks.
- The Apollo Alliance
The Apollo Alliance proposes a $300 billion, public-private program to create three million new, clean energy jobs to free America from foreign oil dependence in ten years.
- JumpStart Ford Campaign
Global Exchange, in partnership with Rainforest Action Network, is asking Ford and its competitors to improve the efficiency of their vehicles to 50 mpg by 2010 and to completely eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
- The Detroit Project
Glorifying hybrid cars and vilifying SUVs is the main strategy of "American for Fuel Efficient Cars," which has created an ad campaign aiming to get Detroit to build more fuel-efficient cars.