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Regulators adopt clean car standard

Despite intense lobbying by auto makers, car dealers, and agriculture, Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission voted 6 to 1 today to side with the Crist administration and approve a clean car rule that will usher in new auto emissions standards in Florida.

The rule, however, would have to face legislative approval to become law where environmentalists predict it faces a steep climb, unless Crist pulls off a miracle.

Still, the decision by the panel of scientists and enviro experts could be a significant milestone for Crist whose climate change initiatives until now have been stalled on every front.