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New York Taxis Won't Go Green Under City's Watch

New York Taxis Won't Go Green Under City's Watch

New York City's plan to turn its whole fleet of yellow cabs green by 2012 got the red light this week from a federal judge, who ruled that regulation of fuel emissions standards falls under federal authority.

The plan called for every new taxi to have a standard of least 30 miles per gallon — a benchmark met by hybrid and clean diesel cars.

US District Judge Paul Crotty said enforcing the new regulations now would be costly to the taxi industry, which prompted Mayor Michael Bloomberg to release a statement saying the city is considering an appeal.

Green taxis are a focal point of Bloomberg's environmental plan. There are currently about 1,400 hybrid taxis in the city.

RZJ RZJ 8 years
Big Thanks To Judge Crotty .I am glad that Bloomberg lost.This will cost to much the drivers & owners operators. I also hope that Bloomberg will not win his 3rd turn as a mayor. Thanks
Deidre Deidre 8 years
People's inability to think long term astounds me.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Well, since the "damage" we are doing in the way of "global Warming" hasn't been conclusively proven, I can understand not wanting to do this for that reason. It has also been shown that "fuel efficient" hybrids don't make up their cost for almost 10 years. I haven't kept a car for 10 years, so it doesn't make ecconomic sense to buy a fleet of vehicles that won't pay for themselves.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
*insert the usual frustrated, sighing statement I would make about how the environment and the economy cannot be continually seen as exclusive to each other without eventually coming back to bite us in the butt, hard* Some people just don't give a damn and nothing will change their viewpoints until their ass is personally affected by it, such is the lack of foresight and unwillingness to face the facts concerning what we are doing to our planet.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Exactly siguros, I mean the health of the planet can easily be bought at a later date.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
I thought this was talking about painting them green and I was totally against it! LOL
janneth janneth 8 years
Green taxis...just do it. Gosh, there is no money for worthwhile stuff any more.
siguros siguros 8 years
Its only our planet guys.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I think it's safe to say the yellow cabs have crunched the numbers.
stephley stephley 8 years
"Implementation of the regulations now would be costly to the taxi industry, Crotty ruled." Implementing might be costly, but wouldn't that cost be made up in fuel savings?
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