How clean, efficient are diesels?

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DETROIT, Mich. — According to Ford’s chief operating officer, Nick Scheele, the diesel engine might answer growing concerns over automobile fuel economy and global warming.

He made his strongly pro-diesel comments in a panel discussion at the SAE World Congress. Scheele admits that diesel has its problems — notably particulates and high sulphur content — but he stresses, “its advantages vastly outweigh its problems.”

He went on to criticize the strict air quality regulations in California that often hamstring diesel usage, saying that diesels need to be sold in sufficient volume to be produced profitably.

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