As White House has been trying to fight climate changes by reducing the usage of fossil fuels, measures are being taken to reduce the effects of fuel and carbon emissions coming from large and medium sized vehicles. As a result the government proposed on Friday new carbon-emission standards in the case of big trucks. The standards will fight pollution and also save money and fuel.
The Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the changes would apply for big trucks including 18-wheelers, vans, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickup trucks. EPA has presented this measure as part of President Obama’s strategy to fight global warming.
In 2014 the vice president of the American Trucking Associations, Glen Kedzie, said that trucking needed $150 billion only on diesel fuel. So this move can really help save money and protect the environment.
Research has showed that trucks are the most important source of carbon emissions. Even though only 5% of trucks are travelling on the road at present they produce nearly 20% of the carbon emission. This is owing to the fact that big trucks are constantly on the road.
Two broad categories of standards were proposed: first one for the load-pulling tractors (semitrailers) and the second for the trailer it hauls. The standard regarding the tractors says that big trucks built in 2021 and beyond must be 24 percent more fuel efficient and their carbon emission should be 24 percent lower than the equivalent trucks built in 2018. The chief of EPA, Gina McCarthy remarked:
“With emission reductions weighing in at 1 billion tons, this proposal will save consumers, businesses and truck owners money.”
The carbon emission is supposed to be reduced by 24 percent in the following six to 12 years. Oil consumption will also decrease with 1.8 billion barrels. In addition the US administration intends to deal with the coal based power plants whose carbon pollution has harmful effects. However this plan may not succeed since it is believed that republicans in the Congress are against it.
The new standards for big trucks were much appreciated by many industry officials, unlike other environmental rules proposed by Obama administration. The chairman of Cummins Inc, Tom Linebarger, said that these changes will help the industry develop in a sustainable way and this is beneficial for both their customers and for the environment.
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