Canada vows to get tough on vehicle CO2 emissions

The greenhouse-gas emissions of cars and trucks in Canada will be cut by 25 percent by 2010, according to a duo of Canadian government ministers. In a joint interview, Natural Resources Minister John Efford and Environment Minister Stephane Dion said that they were committed to the deadline and the amount. “Are we going to say 10 percent is OK? Fifteen percent? No. Twenty-five percent is our goal and the auto industry clearly understands that,” stressed Efford. California in September established its own rules to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, and seven Northeastern U.S. states are likely to follow suit. If they do, the area covered by strict emission rules, encompassing Canada, California, and a cluster of northeastern states, will comprise around a third of the North American automobile market.