SUVs Emit More Air Pollution Than Cars
Nearly 117 million Americans live in areas where the air is
unhealthy to breathe, according to the American Lung Association.
Light trucks, which can spew up to three times more smog-forming
pollution than cars, magnify this growing health threat. The
increased air pollution can lead to more asthma, bronchitis and
other health problems.
U.S. autos emit more CO2 than all but four
Top 5 Global-Warming Polluters:
- U.S. autos
Air pollution is not exclusively an urban problem. National parks
from Maine's Acadia to Virginia's Shenandoah and North Carolina's
Great Smokey Mountains all have severe air-pollution problems that
match major metropolitan areas. Pollution monitors are now installed
at some trailheads in Mt. Rainier National Park to warn hikers when
smog reaches unsafe levels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted new "Tier 2"
tailpipe pollution standards in 1999 to cut smog (but not CO2) from
cars and SUVs. However, these rules will not go into effect until
2004 and the auto industry has until 2009 to clean up its largest
The More You Guzzle, The More You
Represented below is the total tonnage of CO2
produced by SUVs and other vehicles over a 124,000-mile
Ford Excursion (13 mpg)
Jeep Grand Cherokee (18 mpg)
Ford Taurus (23 mpg)
Honda Civic HX (36 mpg)
Honda Insight (65 mpg)
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