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Report Examines Environmental Impact of Diesel Vehicles.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently announced the release of a new report, titled "The Diesel Dilemma: Diesel's Role in the Race for Clean Cars," which indicates that diesel cars of the future "can be much cleaner than today's diesels using pollution controls under development and can provide consumers with cost-effective fuel economy gains."

However, UCS noted that the study also finds that gasoline-powered vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) "will likely remain cleaner than diesel and can save consumers more money for similar reductions in oil and heat-trapping gas emissions."

According to UCS, the study reveals that while improved diesel vehicles could potentially reduce oil use by as much as 40 percent, the sticker price of such vehicles would be "much higher" when compared to the cost of improved gasoline-powered vehicles and HEVs. For example, UCS said a diesel vehicle that could reduce oil use by 30 percent would cost approximately $2,800 more than an improved gasoline-powered vehicle capable of achieving the same reduction.

"New pollution controls may one day clean up diesel's dirty image," said UCS Clean Vehicles Program senior analyst and study lead author Patricia Monahan. "But, head to head, our report shows that improved gasoline vehicles are the better buy."

Contact: UCS, website http://www.ucsusa.org.

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