The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are currently proposing standards for big trucks to limit greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. These standards would save truck drivers at the pump and eliminate the need for nearly 1 million barrels of oil every two days.
But while they sound impressive, the proposed standards would do little more than maintain current emissions levels, as miles driven will continue to increase even as vehicles become more efficient. This is unacceptable. The International Council on Clean Transportation has shown that 30 percent greater reductions are within reach.
The government must also seriously reconsider what's under the hood of trucks with natural gas engines. The current standards give them a free pass, but the science tells us that switching from diesel to natural gas will incentivize dangerous fracking and undermine steps to address the climate crisis.
August 28, 2015 Action Alert ID# 266
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