The U.S. automotive industry views the issue of transportation and the environment with concern and frustration. Most of the industrial decision makers in the United States today are just as concerned as everyone else about the future environment. Their frustration comes from the increasing difficulty in finding workable compromises between the public's environmental concerns and what is technically and economically feasible. The U.S. automobile industry is currently faced with its two greatest challenges of all time: the prospects of increasingly severe energy and environmental regulations and, simultaneously, increasingly effective competition from foreign manufacturers. Even though the industry is making progress, success is not assured. The mistake of underestimating the severity of these challenges could be disastrous. Representatives of the automobile industry believe that they have made major contributions to reducing air pollution, but realize that much remains to be accomplished. Just how much remains to be accomplished and on what time scale are the questions on which opinions differ. To gain a better understanding of the industry's problems, this article examines some of the options that have been considered.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 22-26
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 148
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00497228
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM