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Clean Diesel?
May 3, 2006

An RFF First Wednesday Seminar


Because of their superior fuel efficiency, diesel cars, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks have long been popular in Europe and the United States. In fall 2006, new U.S. EPA regulations will require most diesel fuel in the United States to be ultra-low sulfur content, thereby enabling use of oxidation catalysts and other technologies for controlling air emissions. New engine requirements for further emissions controls take effect in 2007. The 2005 Energy Policy Act extends tax credits to clean diesel cars as well as hybrids, and the California Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report lists light-duty diesel vehicles alongside hybrid-electric vehicles as the primary strategies for reducing dependence on foreign oil.

What do these developments imply for consumers, the environment, and the auto industry? Are they steps toward effective energy efficiency and environmental protection? From a policy perspective, are these rules likely to further policy objectives or delay their attainment? How effective are the new rules likely to be compared with price-based or other policy approaches?

Video of this First Wednesday Seminar follows below.

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Moderator: Carolyn Fischer  | Link to Video
Fellow,
Resources for the Future

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David Geanacopoulos | Link to Video
Director of Industry-Government Relations, Volkswagon of America, Inc.

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Andrew P. Morriss | Link to Video
Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University. Also Senior Associate, Property & Environment Research Center

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David Friedman | Link to Video
Research Director, Clean Vehicles Program,
Union of Concerned Scientists

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Allen Schaeffer | Link to Video
Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum
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