The loopholes let the companies undercut the rules' strong targets and turn out cars and light trucks that increase pollution. It's akin to a doctor telling you: "Go ahead and smoke, as long as you go on a diet."
The biggest single step any nation has taken to fight global warming is working. Now if the auto industry -- finally selling cleaner cars and making real profits -- would just stop fighting it.
By moving ahead with its own rules, California can bolster the administration's negotiating position with the auto industry. If it declines to send a clear signal now, it risks being hobbled for years by whatever weak action Washington chooses.
With the reviled Hummer gone, what stands to replace it as the vehicle that earns its owners the booby prize as the car Americans love to hate?
Getting the next generation of cars right isn't just good for the planet. It's good for American jobs. It's good for the economy. It's even good for the carmakers.