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Mexico's Energy Ministry has announced that the nation is undertaking a series of measures to clean up its air--and its air could certainly use it. Mexico City is one of the most polluted in the world, and 21 million cars, many of them heavy polluters, crowd Mexico's streets. And 14 million more are expected in the next seven years. So here's what Mexico is going to do: First, it's limiting the number of inefficient used cars that can be imported into the nation. Second, it will encourage low carbon technology to reduce tailpipe exhaust. And finally, Mexico is moving to impose its first national standard for auto emissions.
And according to Reuters, "Only 1 percent of Mexican automobiles currently use alternative fuel, the ministry said." All in all, there's a lot of room for improvement in Mexico's vehicle fleet. And these signals from the Mexican administration are sending positive signs for change. Here's Reuters again:
The new importation rules will aim to "avoid the accelerated aging of the Mexican car fleet," the agency said in a statement. A senior Mexican environmental policymaker said in August the country would likely adopt fuel efficiency standards compatible with those in place in the United States.Furthermore, the import rules would help stop the influx of cheap, pollution spewing old used cars from the United States--and help support Mexico's domestic automakers.