Since there is a test-ban treaty in place, those who develop nuclear weapons must use computer modeling to test the affects of a blast. If a computer can preview destructive events, then surely a virtual program can see how the country would change if Congress passes higher CAFE standards.

Two researchers are creating such a program for analysts and lawmakers to evaluate the impact of any environmental policy. The goal is to show not only the changes in the automotive industry and environment but all consumer and economic behavior. Will motorists keep their cars longer? What will happen to the price of raw materials? Could building cleaner cars impact the environment?

The $2 million project involves Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Northeastern University and University of California at Berkeley.

[Source: AScribe Newswire]

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