Watching Government: Fuelish follies

Instead of being left in the dark, Californians may now be stranded by the side of the road if state officials insist on moving forward with the 2003 zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) program.The state is still recovering from blackouts and red ink because of a utility restructuring plan that assumed California was an island oasis immune to unpredictable energy markets.Amazingly, regulators that oversee California's environmental and energy interests are still talking past each other, even now.At a time when the state utility commission has been seeking higher retail rates and encouraging conservation, environmental regulators refuse to back down from a rule that could drain the still fragi...

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