Surprisingly enough, heavy truck manufacturers don't seem to be up in arms over the thought of new fuel economy standards. The New York Times says that the EPA has a history of working closely with big truck makers to reduce emissions, and that this is the next logical step. The EPA and truckmakers say agree that today's diesel rigs crank out 60 times less particulate matter than similar equipment did in 1988. That's thanks in no small part to the EPA's clean trucks program, which is geared toward promoting clean-diesel technology.
The new fuel economy standards are expected to show up in a climate bill that already regulates fuel consumption for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and stationary devices like generators.
[Source: The New York Times | Image: Ethan Miller/Getty]