EPA's M.P.G. Ratings Get An Inspection

With gasoline prices rising, a brouhaha has erupted over mileage stickers.
July 15, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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The debate boils down to this: Would consumers buy more fuel-efficient cars if they knew the real guzzling potential of America's new-car fleet?"The fundamental problem is that the fuel-economy test the EPA uses is over 30 years old," says David Friedman, research director of the UCS's clean-vehicles program. "Think how you drove 30 years ago. People drive faster on highways today, there's more urban driving, more congestion in cities."

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Published on Thursday, July 15, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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