Doing the unspeakable

Posted: Jul 6, 2011

Written by

CALLY CARSWELL, High Country News

Can the U.S. take a big bite out of its greenhouse gas emissions without muttering the words climate change?

The Obama administration is betting it can. And it's testing the political waters with a new round of vehicle emissions rules to cover cars made between 2017 and 2025. From the Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin:

Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate-change policy, makes a forceful case for the need to slash greenhouse-gas emissions and boost the efficiency of cars and small trucks: The moves will cut America’s oil consumption, foster the nation’s energy independence, save consumers money at the pump and help revive domestic auto manufacturers.

What she doesn’t volunteer is that they will curb climate change.

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