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Friday, June 11, 2004

Voluntary regulations / Regulatory volunteerism

EPA proposals for cleaning up legacy diesel engines imply a long-term conundrum.

Diesels provide energy efficiencies -->Diesels pollute more
-->The process of reducing pollution decreases energy efficiency.

Unless the net energy output over regular gasoline is positive, diesel may not confer such a strong advantage.

And this point may well prove moot, as the proposed regulations are purely voluntary.


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