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 user 2005-08-11 at 10:19:00 am Views: 67
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    Carbon Emissions From U.S. Automobiles Rising

    WASHINGTON (Aug 05) – Emissions of heat-trapping carbon
    dioxide from U.S. cars and trucks soared 25 percent between 1990 and 2003 as
    more vehicles hit the roads and consumers flocked to gas-guzzling sport utility
    vehicles, a U.S. environmental group said on Wednesday.

    Despite efforts to introduce cleaner hybrid vehicles, the
    biggest U.S. automakers have failed to reverse growing greenhouse gas emissions,
    Environmental Defense said.

    “Emissions keep rising despite factors that many people
    think should lower them,” said John DeCicco of the group.

    Vehicles made by General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co.
    led the increase in gases linked to global warming. Carbon dioxide emissions
    from GM’s 2003 model year vehicles rose 6.3 percent to 6.4 million metric tons,
    while Ford’s increased 7.7 percent to 5 million metric tons, Environmental
    Defense said.

    In 2003, emissions from cars and light trucks topped 317
    million metric tons, up 25 percent from 1990, the group said, based on federal
    government data.

    Part of the 13-year increase is due to more vehicles on the
    road. However, Americans also bought more sport utility vehicles and mini-vans
    during that period, and they get fewer miles per gallon of gasoline.

    Automakers say they are doing their part by offering
    consumers new high-tech vehicles powered by cleaner hybrid, diesel and fuel cell

    “The auto industry is offering a vast array of highly
    fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles to the public, and those are available on
    dealer lots today,” said Eron Shosteck at the Alliance of Automobile
    Manufacturers, which represents Detroit automakers and some foreign firms.

    The United States is the world’s largest emitter of
    greenhouse gases, which are linked to rising ocean tides, melting glaciers and
    wildlife extinction.

    The majority of American carbon emissions are from
    coal-fired utilities and plants, but cars and light trucks accounted for about
    20 percent of the total