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The Big Predictions for the Future have begun. This is the numbers game where eye-popping numerical targets start being thrown around before we've come anywhere close to achieving the eyebrow raising targets that are still 14 years away. According to Margo Oge at the EPA, the CAFE standard will need to jump to 75-MPG by the 2030s to meet greenhouse targets.

Margo Oge, EPA director-office of transportation and air quality, has made a plea to the auto industry to end the current horsepower wars that have produced such vehicles as the 620-hp Corvette ZR1. Instead, she hopes the industry, specifically domestic automakers, will start a new war, a green war, to create the "most affordable and desirable, low carbon-vehicle each year." Such a challenge, she claims, could help spark economic growth and see the transportation sector "reclaim the mantle of th

Over at the SAE Congress in Detroit, freelance writer Tim Moran got the perspective of Margo Oge, director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, who said that the EPA expects the automakers to be able to achieve tremendous leaps in cleaner vehicle technology, similar to the shift that occurred in the 1970s. The SAE Congress was the right place to make this pronouncement, because the Society of Automotive Engineers has adopted the theme "Engineering for Global Sustainable Mobility

"They should always be viewed as estimates. We don't want consumers to view them as absolute values," Margo Oge, director of the EPA's transportation and air quality division, told the Chicago Tribune about the estimated MPG numbers that each new car sold in the U.S. bears.

By 2010, all diesels sold in the U.S. will have to meet Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions levels, the same standards as their gas-powered counterparts. Even though we're used to talking about diesels as green machines, they still have the issue of nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions with which they need to overcome.