At the end of the day, we have to ask, what is the price of a human life?
Tucson, AZ (Vocus) April 29, 2010
California is most widely known for their stringent clean fuel standards. However, the rest of the country will soon be catching up. The Obama administration has succeeded in pushing through new fuel standards that will require “Vehicles released in “to meet fuel efficiency targets of 34.1 miles per gallon — an increase of nearly 10 mpg over the current rules,” says Lisa Lerer in her article White House Finalizes Strict Fuel Standards.
While vehicle costs will increase with the new technology, the end result will be a payoff in savings in fuel costs. The new standards are aimed to decrease carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking 50 million cars and light trucks off the road in 2030, according to the government.
While fuel consumption standards have been aimed at passenger cars in the past, new and used RV owners will be included in new fuel consumptions standards. The National Research Council (NRC) estimates fuel use of motor coaches could be lowered by 32 percent for an estimated US$36,350 per bus, which would be cost-effective if the price of fuel is US$1.70 per gallon or higher, reports gizmag.com. One option for reducing fuel emissions would be by imposing a fuel tax on heavier vehicles, the other proposes a cap and trade system such as in use by corporations dealing with CO2 emissions.
While the changes in vehicle technology and fuel prices may outrage some, the end result is cleaner air across the country. Polluted air leads to asthma and respiratory problems in children, adults and animals. “At the end of the day, we have to ask, what is the price of a human life?” says Scott Beaudry of Beaudry RV Company. “Our answer is priceless, so we will comply any way we can with new fuel economy standards.”
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