Obama to unveil new vehicle emission policy

May 21, 2010
Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east near Pasadena, California, December 2009. US President Barack Obama will unveil a new national policy on fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions Friday, including support to develop electric cars, the White House said.

US President Barack Obama will unveil a new national policy on fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions Friday, including support to develop electric cars, the White House said.

The policy will be directed at medium- and heavy-duty trucks for the years 2014-2017, and builds on guidelines announced last year for cars and light-duty trucks.

It calls for the and the Department of Transportation to work with automakers, US states and environmental experts to develop goals for new efficiency standards.

The White House said the policy was good for workers, businesses and consumers as it cuts costs associated with pollution, and will allow Americans to continue to have a wide range of buying options for new vehicles.

Last May, the White House announced new auto regulations it described as equivalent to taking 177 million cars off the road.

The nationwide standards sought to force US automakers to boost the efficiency of cars and light trucks by 2016, four years earlier than currently required under federal law.

Covering mileage and carbon dioxide gas emission requirements for US cars and light trucks, they rules are to begin taking effect from 2012.

The administration said the vehicle and light trucks regulations were projected to save 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce by 900 million metric tonnes -- the equivalent of closing 194 coal plants.

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5 / 5 (1) May 21, 2010
They wont save oil but they will use less of the already dwindling resource. Still just a drop in the 40 gallon drum though.

The US currently consumes 20,680,000 barrels per day with a growth rate of 7% which means that in 10 years it would consume 40,000,000 bbl/day. So improving efficiency is only going to slow the growth but not actually stop the consumption or really do anything substantial for Americas energy problems. At todays rate of consumption 1.8 billion barrels will last just 86 days. So in 5 years that will last just 64 days and in 10 years only 43 days.

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