EPA to Announce Strict New Fuel-Efficiency Standards

By requiring the U.S. auto fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, the standards announced today by the Obama administration will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, reports Juliet Eilperin.

According to Eilperin, Tuesday's announcement of the "historic" rules by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, "will mark the culmination of a compromise the White House forged between the auto industry, environmentalists, labor unions and the state of California."

"Unlike many energy policies enacted under President Obama, the vehicle standards are a relatively uncontroversial move embraced by industry and environmentalists alike," notes Eilperin. However not all are supportive of the new rules: "presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has vowed to overturn them if elected."

"Kevin Kennedy, who directs the U.S. climate initiative at the World Resources Institute, noted that light-duty vehicle emissions represent approximately 17 percent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions."

"These rules represent one of the best opportunities for the administration to take a bite out of emissions that are damaging the planet, and in a way that's good for consumers and the auto industry," Kennedy said.

Full Story: Autos must average 54.5 mpg by 2025, new EPA standards are expected to say


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