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  •  The answer to the question is uncomfortable... (3+ / 0-)

    and gets you hated by half the community.

    Here's a hint:


    And another one: Clean Coal isn't real despite what our President says.

    And of course this: New Mileage Standards Encourage More Gas-guzzling, Not Less: Report

    The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday, boasting new requirements that are slated to double fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks sold in the US over the next 13 years; however, environmental scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity warned Tuesday that the new numbers are misleading in the complex regulations. Due to loopholes in the plan, total greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks will actually increase from 2017 through 2025 and over the long term.

    According to the new standards, the average fuel economy must reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year. Automakers will now be required to introduce new technology to improve gasoline-powered engines as well as develop more alternative fuel vehicles to meet the new standards.

    However, according to CBD, several loopholes in the rules will actually allow an increase in total greenhouse gas emissions. The rules titled, "Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE," allows automakers to produce cars with poorer mileage by using credits acquired by selling natural gas and electric vehicles, changing air conditioning fluid to one that pollutes less, and placing louvers on car grilles to improve aerodynamics.

    And also expect the keystone pipeline to be signed into law and expect people here to make excuses for it because there's always another election, but not always another planet.

    ‎"Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin / Help get $ out of politics! Vote for my artwork!

    by priceman on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 12:10:17 PM PDT

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