Driving the Future

Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars

A distinguished expert offers a dazzling preview of the cars of the future, while exploring the science and politics behind climate change.

In Driving the Future, Margo Oge portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will produce zero emissions and run at 100+ mpg. With electronic architectures more like that of airplanes, cars will be smarter and safer, will park themselves, and will network with other vehicles on the road to drive themselves. Offering an insider account of the partnership between Federal agencies, states, environmental groups, and car manufacturers that led to the historic deal, she discusses the science of climate change, the politics of addressing it and the lessons learned for policymakers.

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$24.99 hardcover (Can. $31.99)
Arcade Publishing
World (W) • CQ 32
ISBN 978-1-62972-538-4

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About Margo T. Oge


Margo Oge, author of “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars,” retired as director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality after thirty-two years with the EPA. While at the EPA, she was a chief architect of the most important improvements of air quality from the transportation sector ever, resulting in the prevention of 40,000 premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory illness. She received Presidential Awards from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and numerous environmental and industry awards. In commending her achievements, President Obama wrote, “Under your tireless leadership, we have realized significant environmental achievements in the transportation sector, from making diesel fuels cleaner to finalizing the most aggressive fuel economy standards for cars and trucks out to model year 2025.”

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Key Accomplishments

Led efforts that resulted in:

  • Preventing 40K premature deaths annually, thousands of respiratory illness cases, and 100K childhood respiratory cases annually
  • 1.7 trillion dollars in fuel savings
  • Saved 2 million barrels/day of oil
  • Cut 6 billion metric tons of CO2

Led National Environmental Rules

  • 1999 Clean Cars and Clean Fuels Program
  • 2000 Clean Truck Diesel Rule
  • 2004 Non-Road Diesel Rule
  • 2007 Locomotive And Marine Regulations
  • 2007 2009 Ocean Going Vessels
  • 2010 Renewable Fuel Standards
  • 2010/2012 Green House Gas for Cars
  • 2011 Green House Gas for Commercial Trucks