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California to Reduce Carbon Emissions by…
Banning Black Cars?!

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In a move that will likely get California’s consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers.

So, what’s the crux of the problem… can’t paint suppliers just come up with new, less heat-absorbent dark paints? According to Ward’s, suppliers have reportedly been testing their pigments and processes to see if it’s possible to meet CARB’s proposed mandate of 20% solar reflectivity by 2016 with a phase-in period starting in 2012, and things aren’t looking good. Apparently, when the proper pigments and chemicals are added to black paint, the resulting color is currently being referred to as "mud-puddle brown." That doesn’t sound very attractive, now does it? Windshields, backlights and sunroofs are also slated to get reflective coatings starting in 2012.

When we first heard of this issue, an internal debate immediately began as to whether this might be an elaborate early April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t. Read through CARB’s complete Cool Cars Standards and Test Procedures here (PDF link) for more.

Source: Korzeniewski, Jeremy. "California to Reduce Carbon Emissions by…
Banning Black Cars?!" 25 Mar. 2009. <>


California May Ban Black Cars

By Michael Arrington

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The California legislature is considering regulating the color of cars and reflectivity of paint to reduce the energy requirements to cool them. A presentation on the proposed legislation by the California Air Resources Board is below. [The presentation can be found here.]

The problem isn’t the color per se, but the reflectivity of the paint overall. And dark colors just don’t reflect well, so they are likely out. "Jet black remains an issue," says the report.

Anyone who’s ever entered a very hot car knows that it can be cooled down immediately by driving a few feet with the windows open, effectively neutralizing any color-caused heat issues before engaging the air conditioner. But whatever, black is evil.

The new regulations would be phased in beginning in 2012, so if you want that black car, you better buy it soon. More on Autoblog and CrunchGear.

And you thought that black Toyota Pious you bought made you such a good person. Think again, you tree hating energy slob. Luckily, black websites are still ok, even though they, too, use more energy.

Source: Arrington, Michael. "California May Ban Black Cars." 26 Mar. 2009. <>



  Cool Cars and Reflective Glazing — On the CARB website.
  California Air Resources Board (CARB) — Part of the California Environmental
      Protection Agency.
  Assembly Bill No. 32 — On the State of California legislative information website.


Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper – Korea Region – US Army Korea – IMCOM – July 23, 2010
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U.S. Army Col. Thomas Graves Commander of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team presents Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates with a signed football to thank him for visiting the U.S. and Korean troops from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team and 210 Fires Brigade at Camp Casey, South Korea, July 20, 2010. Defense Department photo by Cherie Cullen (released)

Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper – USAG Humphreys – US Army Korea – IMCOM – Aug. 13, 2010
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Located near Seoul’s Hongik University, the Hello Kitty Cafe is nestled in the heart of the Hongdae shopping district. Along with edible treat, Hello Kitty fans can purchase cups and party hats. With the purchase of 15,000 to 25,000 won, patrons can also receive gifts such as key chains and mugs.

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