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http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/22/new-fuel-economy-report-to-finally-recommend-diesels-and-hybrids/

In a move sure to be embraced by environmentalists, a panel of trusted outside experts is finally recommending to federal regulators that light-duty diesel engines and hybrids should be regarded as available technologies to improve fuel economy. Neither of these technologies were included in a previous report released in 2001 when hybrids were not as mainstream as they are today and diesel emissions standards were lower than they are now.

The study is part of an initiative to meet the stricter standards set by our nation's new energy law enacted this past December. That measure calls for a 40-percent increase in both car and truck standards to a 35 mpg fleet average by 2020. While the addition of diesel and hybrid technology is welcomed news, the recommendation is embarrassingly behind the times (at least for hybrids) and this time around forgets to include all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
Diesel emissions standards were lower than they are now, but they still had to meet emissions to be sold then. Not a fair comparison, IMO.
 

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2nd. They met emissions then and had to meet emissions to be sold. They are much lower now due to fuel quality and emission filters but they should have recognized it in 2001 too.
 

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LOL! It's manny moe and jack.

I agree, the report is way behind the times, they need to at least mention future technology or else they'll always be 5 years behind.
 

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Just think, if they switched to diesel, they could meet these standards overnight. They would need to get emissions certified, etc., but 35 mpg fleet standard is nothing. I think that truck and SUV emissions are excluded too, so it seems easy to get to 35 mpg.
 
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