NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on John Gambling’s radio talkshow on WOR on Friday, where he talked about the recent rejection by the U.S. District Court of his plan that would require the city’s 13,000 cabs be more environment-friendly with lower emissions.
The U.S. District Court’s announcement was a refusal to an appeal made by the Bloomberg administration to a previous decision. According to the court, local officials cannot make decisions about the state’s budget based on fuel emissions standards. The federal government, it ruled, is in charge of setting fuel emissions standards.
“He’s actually a very smart judge,” said Bloomberg about Judge Paul A. Crotty of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan who led the decision.
“I don’t like what his decision was, but his decision should not be what he thinks. His job is to decide what the law says,” said the mayor.
The mayor pointed out that raising taxes on gasoline is another alternative to the taxi plan and would also reduce the consumption of gas and lower emissions. However, he hypothesized that foreign cars, which are more fuel efficient, will eventually take an even bigger portion of the market and U.S. car companies will be in for more trouble if they don’t keep up.