Vermont is the first state to go to trial over California’s greenhouse gas limits. The 16-day trial ended after expert witnesses gave testimony regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas emmissions. The state’s automobile expert witness, K.G. Duleep, testified that car companies already have the technology to improve fuel economy sufficient to meet the 2016 standards.
Conversely, the automakers’ fuel economy expert witness gave testimony that fuel economy could not be improved sufficiently by 2016 to meet California’s greenhouse gas emissions limits. According to The Burlington Free Press, the judge allowed the two sides 30 days to file post-trial briefs with no indication on when he will issue a decision.