The California Air Resources Board released draft regulations Monday, June 14th, based on recent legislation authored by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley.

The regulations are designed to help curtail global warming and protect the environment by reducing motor vehicle gas emissions.

A coalition that worked to support the Pavley global warming legislation included the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica and the Natural Resources Defense Council, headquartered in Santa Monica.

Pavley said the Air Resources Board has “indeed stayed true to the intent and spirit of my bill — to provide cost-effective, technologically feasible regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all classes of vehicles.

“These regulations will not limit consumer choice in the car they want to drive, but will simply require the automobile manufacturers to incorporate practical technologies beginning in model year 2009,” Pavley said.

Pavley said climate changes resulting from motor vehicle gas emissions may impact California more severely than any other state because:

n a melting of the Sierra snow pack could devastate urban and agricultural water supplies;

n warmer temperatures create more air pollution and smog for Central Valley cities and communities; and

n a relatively small rise in sea level along the state’s 1,100 miles of coastline would damage coastal properties and bring salt water into vital Sacramento River Delta waterways.

“California has led the way in reducing air pollution by requiring unleaded fuel, catalytic converters and now reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Pavley said.

“Taking the lead in adopting and developing these types of clean technologies will lead to the production of cleaner cars,” she added.