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Is the rise of SUVs cooking the planet?

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NEW YORK – A worldwide preference for bigger, heavier cars has led to a nearly sixfold increase in the number of sport utility vehicles on the road since 2010 — and made them the second-biggest contributor to the rise in carbon dioxide emissions, the International Energy Agency reported last week.

Only power generation is causing a greater increase in CO2 emissions.

SUVs are also the reason that oil demand from passenger cars has grown by 3.3 million barrels a day since 2010, while oil use from other kinds of cars has declined slightly.

These findings are dramatic, but there’s both less and more to them than IEA’s analysis reveals.

Here’s the less: Yes, SUVs are responsible for 544 million tons of CO2........

© The Japan Times