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Do you drive a "GAS GUZZLER"?

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on May 19, 2009 at 6:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Driving Green-er!

Idahoans love our big SUVs and trucks. You could be one of them. It's not your fault really, it's just the way most BIG family cars are made.

BUT - If President Obama has his way, the cars of tomorrow are going to change. Today he's expected to announce he wants one national standard when it comes to vehicle pollution. This will change what we all drive in the future - by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas that cars put out - and increasing the amount of miles they get to the gallon.

Obama SUV.jpg

His plan will include:

*A 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.
*It will change fuel economy standards to 35 mpg
*The requirements will gradually phase in, starting with 2011 models.

Last night, senior Obama administration officials said his plan would be the environmental equivalent to taking 177 million cars off the road. That would improve our air quality, no doubt. BUT - as you know everything comes with a price - this "change" will cost new car buyers an extra $1,300 per vehicle. In this economy, Americans don't like hearing about anything getting MORE pricey...


What do you think?

*Will you buy one of these cleaner, greener vehicles?
*How do you feel about the extra $1300 dollars on the price tag?
*Is this plan a move in the right direction?