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U.S. gov issues final rules for greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles and light trucks

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The federal government issued final rules for greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles and light trucks on Thursday, thus ending a 30 year fight between regulators and automakers. 

The Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency worked together to create the new tailpipe rules which set emissions and mileage standards that would translate to a combined fuel economy average for new vehicles of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

The new rules should cut emissions somewhat considerably (carbon dioxide and other gases by aprox 30%) over a span of six years - 2012 to 2016. The average car owner should save some money too - about $3000 in fuel over the life of their car. Additionally, it's estimated that the new rules will eliminate emissions of nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gases over the lives of all regulated vehicles.

The new efficiency levels should only add on about $1000 per cost of each car (not bad) and all car companies must comply by 2017.

U.S. Issues Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars
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 The rules are expected to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases about 30 percent from 2012 to 2016.
EXCELLENT =)

I'm glad the US has finally accomplished something.

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