Published Jun 06, 2014

But the overall rate pales in comparison to other parts of the world.

Northwesterners use powerful diesel pick-ups to pull boats, RV's and farm equipment. The vast majority of diesel vehicles in the Northwest are pickups. But more drivers are turning to diesel cars and SUVs, as they become cleaner andmore fuel efficient Kevin Downing, from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said it's a dramatic change from even just a few years ago.

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