The following post is by Earl Killian, guest blogger at Climate Progress.


California Global Warming Car LabelGo shopping in 2009 in California for a new car and you’ll notice some new information on the smog index window sticker. Next to the smog score will be a global warming score. The California Air Resources Board is putting the finishing touches on the program. You can see some of the details in the presentation (PDF) from their last meeting.

According to CARB, approximately 13 states have thus far adopted the California’s Low Emission Vehicle regulations, which requires the smog labels. At least 11 of those states — including New York, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington — are likely to adopt the new global warming labels.

Vehicles are assigned a score of 1 to 10 based upon their emissions, with 1 for the worst and 10 for the lowest greenhouse-gas emissions. However, calling it a “Global Warming Score” and having 10 be the best is likely to cause some confusion. Perhaps “Planet-saver Score” would be better?

This post was created for ClimateProgress.org, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.