sustainability news bit. the first.

Let’s cut to the chase.

For the first time ever, the U.S. Federal Government has passed legislation to raise automobile efficiency standards to the stringent levels California employs. ROCK! This milestone for the sustainable development (SD) movement in the United States (and by extension, abroad), which activates in 2012, mandates vehicles to achieve 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. This will render the U.S. car and light truck fleet 40% more efficient than today.  One Daniel Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, calls this law “the single biggest step the American government has ever taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

My beloved source of optimistic (humorous) environmental news, Grist.org, provides a concise summary of the new law.

I welcome this news with elation, and recall that roughly one third (30%) of all GHGs originate from agricultural operations… (UN Food and Agriculture Organization)

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