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You Can't Buy this Green Car

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Date: Sep 04, 2007 - 03:30 PM
Ahh, a day of dirty secrets... you know all those "Green" cars that are supposedly being developed? Automobile regulations say that you can't buy them.

Not only can't you buy one, but the government says it's currently illegal for automakers to sell these green cars outside of the special states. Under terms of the Clean Air Act?in the kind of delicious irony only our government can pull off?anyone (dealer, consumer, automaker) involved in an out-of-bounds PZEV sale could be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500. Volvo sent its dealers a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50 models were only for the special states.

So, just how green is a PZEV machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower, congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these cars do in 2,000 miles of driving.

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