We’ve been goingonabitaboutCalifornia clean-car standards.

California cars will emit 30 percent less greenhouse gas by 2016. But even more ambitious is Canada’s commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from new vehicles by 25 percent by 2010. It’s a slightly smaller reduction but a whole lot sooner.

So far, however, the commitment hasn’t had the force of law or binding agreement. It’s simply been a government pledge.

Today’s Globe and Mail gives an update on Canada’s negotiations with automakers. Some parts of government seem ready to strike a deal with carmakers for a lesser reduction voluntarily; other parts—the Ministries of Environment and Transportation—are holding the line.

The David Suzuki Foundation has made it easy for Canadians to send letters of encouragement to the latter.