Obama strategy on climate tied to emissions plans for trucks, airplanes image

The Obama administration has been hard at work campaigning against climate change, with key features expected to be added to the strategy this month as new proposals for carbon emission limits are weighed for the trucking and aircraft industries.

The officials are widely forecasted to follow already established rules from within the light vehicle sector, which have set up goals to lift the mileage of cars and light trucks, with President Barack Obama’s promise to lower emissions by 26 percent by 2025 hinging on the new rules for tractor-trailers and airplanes, according to researchers. While Obama’s first term focused on an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, the administration now believes climate change is a major priority. Early in the term, the efficiency rules for automobiles and small trucks were given – lift average fleet-wide mileage to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. As far as heavy trucks and aircraft are concerned, both proposals are overdue, but the usual organized industry resistance that the EPA has faced before is not expected to make a comeback – truck makers have been working already with the administration on how to best implement the plans.

Environmentalists are asking the administration to push for improvements of 40 percent from the 2010 figures, claiming the level is both technologically possible and also long in the waiting as tractor-trailers are only averaging around 6 miles for every gallon of diesel. The increase would be enough to lower US oil use by 1.4 million barrels a day and lower emissions by two times the greenhouse gases production of the state of New Jersey.

Via Bloomberg