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Tougher auto efficiency rules needed.

The Sierra Club of Canada is concerned that Canada will never meet its Kyoto targets if the federal government doesn't regulate the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. Under the Kyoto Protocol, the Canadian government is committed to cutting greenhouse emissions six per cent from 1990 levels by 2012.

"The federal government is kidding itself if it thinks that automakers are going to voluntarily agree to boost fuel efficiency standards," says Sierra Club spokesman Shawn-Patrick Stensil. "The same companies have taken California to court to avoid improving fuel efficiency!"

The group claims that American regulations dictate fuel efficiency standards for Canadian cars and trucks. And because the American auto industry has heavily lobbied against tougher rules, Congress hasn't increased efficiency standards since the mid-1980s, even though the technology to achieve it has improved.

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Title Annotation:Sierra Club worried Canada won't meet Kyoto targets; News: dispatches from around the world about healthy, sustainable living
Publication:Natural Life
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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