Dupont’s CEO Ellen Kullman says “We make high-temperature plastics. Your powertrain in your car has an amazing amount of plastics in it. When I really took a look at where plastics have gone over the last few years, it’s amazing. If you can save a couple hundred pounds on a car, you can get one point of fuel economy.” If plastic cars are lighter then vehicle fatalities decline and unless you believe in a big rebound effect then improvements in MPG will translate into less greenhouse gas emissions. Was the guy from The Graduate right about the future of plastic? Could more plastic be a key to improving our quality of life?
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