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(via Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Drop 80 Percent By 2050 With Alternative Fuel Use – Science News – redOrbit)

The United States could cut petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 for light-duty vehicles through the use of alternative fuels and strong government policies aimed at overcoming high costs and influencing consumer choices, according to a National Research Council report released on Monday.

“To reach the 2050 goals for reducing petroleum use and greenhouse gases, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient, regardless of how they are powered,” said Douglas Chapin, principal of MPR Associates and chair of the committee that wrote the report.

“In addition, alternative fuels to petroleum must be readily available, cost-effective and produced with low emissions of greenhouse gases. Such a transition will be costly and require several decades,” he said in a statement.

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