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New automobile standards help consumers choose wisely

Consumers won’t have to look hard to see if their cars are making the grade. The Obama administration has proposed a new system of stickers for cars and trucks that identify not only a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon, but also an estimate of its green house gas emissions and annual fuel costs. The New York Times considers these stickers to be  “a symbol of how far this country has come in providing a wider range of environmentally responsible choices to help ensure cleaner air and a healthier planet.”

These stickers are a way for consumers to make more informed choices and also push auto manufacturers to evaluate their products.

By including green house gas emissions, consumers will be aware of their overall environmental impact and footprint. The standards cover the model years 2012 to 2016 and stricter standards could be proposed within the next couple of years.