If machine tool consumption is any indication, an economic recovery isn't going to happen anytime soon. Most recent stats indicate a drop-off of nearly 30% compared to 2001, which itself was down from 2000. Year-to-date (through September 2002) total was $1.5 billion. Numbers come from the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors Association.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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