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CARB hearing on cool cars bill postponed until June

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 01:00

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The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) hearing to consider the Cool Cars and Test Procedures regulation of Assembly Bill 32 has been rescheduled for June 25-26. It was originally scheduled for March 26-27.

According to information from the Automotive Service Association (ASA), Assembly Bill 32 – the California Global Warming Solutions Act – was established in 2006 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The provision of the legislation referred to as the Cool Cars and Test Procedures regulation is to be in place by Jan. 1, 2010. The regulation is meant to reduce the solar heat gain in a vehicle parked in the sun. A cooler vehicle will decrease the use of air conditioning, thus decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.

The hearing will discuss different approaches, some of which include reformulation of paint, parked car ventilation and solar reflective window glazing.

To view A.B. 32, go to ASA’s legislative Web site at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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