June 27, 2009

Can the U.S. secede from California ?

FROM-Contra Costa Times

New regulations will require infrared-reflective windshields

New regulations passed Thursday in the state legislature will require auto manufacturers to equip new light- and medium-duty vehicles with infrared-reflective windshields.
The windshields - which consist of a special laminate sandwiched between two layers of glass - will reflect heat and keep cars cooler when they're parked in the sun.

Officials say this will result in motorists using less air conditioning, which will save gas and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Starting in 2012, 75 percent of new vehicles will have to be equipped with windshields that reflect 50 percent of the sun's heat-producing rays and windows that absorb 45 percent, said a California Air Resources Board spokesman Stanley Young.

In 2013 all vehicles will have to meet those standards, Young said. In 2014 the standards will rise and windshields will be required to block 60 percent of heat-producing rays and windows will be required to absorb 50 percent, Young said.

The new regulations are part of the state's 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, which mandates greenhouse gas emissions be reduced 25 percent by 2020, a board report says.


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