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EPA Raises Its Vehicle Standards

April 3, 2010

Good news in the “Green” world: the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday new vehicle emission rules! The EPA worked with the Department of Transportation to write these new standards in hope that they will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide by about 30 percent from 2012 to 2016.

These new rules aren’t only good for the environment, but could help the drivers as well.

“Officials said the program would save the owner of an average 2016 car about $3,000 in fuel over the life of the vehicle and eliminate emissions of nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gases over the lives of all regulated vehicles.”
“Reaching the new efficiency figure will add about $1,000 to the cost of the average new car by 2016, according to industry and government estimates.”

Major car dealers had no choice but to accept these new standards. Chrysler and General Motors were already facing bankruptcy and using federal bailout money. Ford, on the other hand, welcomed the new rules. It was already working to clean up its inventory.

It’s hard to say if the EPA’s decision will greatly impact global warming’s threats to the environment. But, it’s definitely steering in the right direction.

You can check out this New York Times article for more details:

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