From 1990 to 2005, Nissan's carbon emission levels have grown more than any of the other top six automakers selling cars in the US -- and not by a little. The company's 2005 fleet is responsible for 9.2% more carbon output over its lifetime than the 1990 fleet, according to a study by Environmental Defense. The next highest gain was Daimler Chrysler at 4.8%, then Honda at 4.4%. GM -- often the whipping boy in studies like this -- had the smallest rise with 3%, and Toyota's comparative carbon output actually dropped 3%.

Not knowing the study's methodology, a host of factors could skew the outcome. Nissan replied to the study by saying "Since the end of this report in 2005, we have added the subcompact Nissan Versa, Altima Hybrid and flex-fuel-capable trucks." It's interesting to note, though, that Nissan has stood apart from the group of automakers fighting the CAFE battle in Congress, which is all about carbon emissions. It has also stayed out of the environmental debate spotlight, except to say that it is committed to being good to the earth. With Congress soon returning to the CAFE debate, Nissan might want to speak a little louder.

Thanks for the tip, Emanuel!

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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