Canada orders automakers to halve emissions

Nov 27, 2012
A general view of Audi cars at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Canada's environment minister unveiled new regulations to improve fuel efficiency and halve the greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles and light trucks.

Canada's environment minister unveiled Tuesday new regulations to improve fuel efficiency and halve the greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles and light trucks.

The tougher standards, which must still be approved by parliament, would apply to model years 2017 to 2025 and align Canada's regulatory regime with the United States.

"By 2025 new cars will consume 50 percent less fuel and emit 50 percent less greenhouse gases than a similar 2008 model, leading to significant savings at the pump," Minister Peter Kent said in a statement.

"At today's gas prices, a Canadian driving a model year 2025 vehicle would pay, on average, around $900 less per year compared to driving today's new vehicles," he said.

The proposed regulations, building on measures already in place for model years 2011 to 2016, would establish progressively more stringent emissions standards over the 2017 to 2025 model years.

Canada's transport ministry has said cars and are responsible for 12 percent of the nation's , linked to global warming.

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VendicarD
5 / 5 (2) Nov 27, 2012
"Canada's transport ministry has said cars and light trucks are responsible for 12 percent of the nation's greenhouse gases, linked to global warming." - article

Soon to be 6%
zsingerb
1 / 5 (2) Nov 27, 2012
Why do politicians think that by passing a law makes technology happen? "By 2025 new cars will consume 50 percent less fuel and emit 50 percent less greenhouse gases than a similar 2008 model, leading to significant savings at the pump," Minister Peter Kent said in a statement." OR, more likely, people will have to walk, because no cars will be able to meet the standard.
Howhot
5 / 5 (1) Nov 27, 2012
Well, I for one, applaud our friends to the North!!
jibbles
5 / 5 (1) Nov 27, 2012
Why do politicians think that by passing a law makes technology happen?. . . more likely, people will have to walk, because no cars will be able to meet the standard.


because the technology already happened. slow adoption at this stage is a typical case of market myopia, inertia and fear. smart policy which recognizes external costs can jog the market to internalize them and find a new equilibrium point.
jibbles
not rated yet Nov 27, 2012
we gotta stop pulling the finger of "invisible hand of the market". it's not funny anymore.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Nov 28, 2012
Why do politicians think that by passing a law makes technology happen?

You can already buy these cars. It's not like they go up to the scientists and say: "Invent me this by friday!" *

* If truth be told I have actually had this happen to me once. A Science manager came up to me and asked me - with a straight face: "How long will it take you to invented the algorithm that does that?". Needless to say, my jaw dropped in sheer incredulity.