OTTAWA TIGHTENS CANADIAN CAR EMISSION STANDARDS

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Environment Minister Peter Kent proposed regulations that require vehicles (except light trucks) built between 2017 and 2025 to cut emissions by an average of 5% a year–every year.

Kent said the new standards should cut annual gasoline costs by about $900 Canadian per vehicle compared to today’s cost, and added, “We will see emissions at 50% of what they were in 2008.”

The regulations match US standards and will build on existing regulations covering models built between 2011 and 2016.  Canadian auto manufacturers welcomed Ottawa’s decision to consider North America as a single market and to set out clear expectations for the next decade.

“It’s fairly welcome that Canada will continue to follow the US administration’s ambitious lead on fuel efficiency, said PJ Partington, a climate policy analyst with the Pembina Institute.  “It’s great for drivers.  They’ll be saving a lot of money on gas.”

My Take on the new Canadian standards:  It’s not hard to admire a country that has enough self-confidence and global perspective that it doesn’t reject good ideas because they’re “Not-Invented-Here.”

Source:   Huffingtonpost.ca, November 28, 2012

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