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  1. Introduction.
  2. 1990's - the hotest decade.
  3. Air pollution.
  4. Diesel exhausts contribution to asthma.
  5. Honda's report on its new fuel cell vehicle.
  6. Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV's).
  7. Provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments.

For the sake of natural resources and the welfare and prosperity of the population, motor vehicle fuel economy and emission standards must be raised. The dangerous and complicated problems that we face both today and tomorrow with motor vehicles should not be ignored and cast aside, but solved as soon as possible. American car culture is deeply embedded in everyday life, making the option of widespread conversion to public transportation nearly impossible. Instead, new technologies and modernization of older ones will lead society to safer, cleaner, and more cost-effective ways to coexist with the motor vehicles we are all so attached to.

[...] History shows that automakers will not improve environmental performance of their products unless they are required to put technology to work. They continue to fight higher fuel economy standard, taking their claims to friends in Congress. In 1995, Congress froze Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards at levels set decades ago, using a which shut out any apportionment of the budget for setting new CAFÉ standards (The Biggest). CAFÉ standards, auto-vehicle requirements for average mpg, were introduced in 1975 to alleviate our oil dependence, but because of people driving farther and the rising proportion of inefficient SUVs and other light trucks, the benefits are being eroded. [...]

[...] cities and several states had auto inspection programs (Plain English Guide). Also, the EPA has recently targeted diesel-powered buses in adopting new rules for emission standards. Pennsylvania Interest Research Group (PIRG) clarifies: starting in 2007, diesel-powered buses and heavy-duty trucks' emissions will be reduced by ninety percent. The EPA attacks diesel pollution in two ways. First, manufacturers will soon have to produce engines that burn far more cleanly. Second, the new standards call for oil producers to remove all sulfur from diesel, stopping sulfur's clogging of pollution control devices, and discontinuing its contribution to smog. [...]

[...] and changing rainfall patterns have occurred across the country, contributing to widespread wildfires. Record heat waves have killed hundreds in Chicago and infectious-disease outbreaks linked to global warming have sickened or killed hundreds from Texas to New York, shut down Disney World, and re-introduced Americans to dengue fever, malaria and encephalitis. Sea levels have risen between four and ten inches and glacial ice is rapidly retreating on five continents. Scientists predict that over the twenty-first century, carbon dioxide levels are expected to double, raising sea levels two feet or more, worsening smog and leaving future generations to cope with a more hostile climate. [...]

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