This one strikes me as an automotive version of the thing about tom Brady inflating footballs to his tastes rather than to a rule. Here's why I can't get excited over it.
GRANTED we don't want to go back to tetraethyl lead and Holly carburetors... But the pollution regs in effect in 1990 were more than good enough; a car made since 1990, if kept in good condition, does not crete enough pollution to worry about. We've almost certainly come to a point in which pollution caused by vehicles is now some sort of a 95/5 proposition with 5% of the vehicles producing 95% of the pollution.
Moreover, they could vastly simplify present laws with very little likelihood of increasing pollution.
A reasonable set of car laws to my thinking would look like this:
- Unleaded gas or diesel only.
- 3000-lb weight limit for passenger cars.
- 3 liter engine size limit for passenger cars.
- high pressure fuel injectors mandatory.
- Computerized ignition mandatory.
- Incentive program for use of new gen IC engines ( Ecomotors or Angellabs ).
- Incentive program for use of carbon fiber or titanium to reduce weight.
- Incentives for engine size under 2 liter or equivalent for new gen.
- Pollution declared to be total volume of pollution and not any sort of a ratio.
- CO2 recognized to be harmless and not a pollutant.
It isn't really clear to me that you'd need anything else.