The Ban On Black Cars

Posted on Fri 03/27/2009 by


model_t090326Ernest Istook.

Henry Ford told buyers they could get a Model T in “any color as long as it’s black.” Californians may soon find that black is banned.

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted a public workshop this month, outlining their plan to regulate the color of cars. CARB’s website explains:

In 2006, California adopted the California Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. This law created a comprehensive, long term plan for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Cool Paints was identified as an Early Action strategy, to be in place no later than January 1, 2010. This strategy is based on measures to reduce the solar heat gain in a vehicle parked in the sun. A cooler interior would make drivers less likely to activate the air conditioner, which increases carbon dioxide emissions.

There should be outcry, for two reasons:

  1. Black is a highly-popular car color, second only to white, according to the 2008 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, and
  2. Regulating the color of cars-or anything else-is the mark of an overly-intrusive government and a lessening of our freedoms.

Teabags are quickly becoming the symbol of too much taxing and spending. Perhaps paintbrushes will become the symbol of a government that intrudes too much.

TonyfromOz adds …..

Black only. Why not dark blue, dark crimson, and all dark colours.  Australian studies show that the colour of the car contributes only minimally to the heat inside, but the largest contributor is the windows intensifying the heat, even with a small gap some leave open at the top. All cars no matter what colour become incredibly hot in the Summer Sun. Perhaps California might heed this and demand all Californians drive convertibles only, but with the top never fitted. Sort of fits in with those California values too I guess.

People will use the airconditioning in their cars no matter what the colour. Efficient, modern auto air conditioning increases fuel consumption only minimally these days, The biggest factor is how people drive. Try telling people they can’t use their aircon in traffic on a gridlocked highway on the way to work on a hot day. No! This is one hare brained scheme that won’t get traction.

Ernest Istook writes for The Heritage Foundation.

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