Obama Administration Unveils New Fuel Economy Rules

By Gorman Gorman

Sep 15, 2009 1:08pm

ABC News' Karen Travers reports:

The Obama Administration today released its proposed regulations to require higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, following up on the president’s initial announcement of this in May.

The plan calls for a new average fuel efficiency standard of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 for new vehicles, which EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said would reduce oil consumption by an estimated 1.8 billion barrel and save consumers more than $3000 in fuel costs.

“The program we’re proposing today would bring our nation a step closer to a future where the vehicles we drive actually help us to solve our energy and environmental challenges,” Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said at the White House today.

President Obama said at a General Motors plan today in Ohio that the plan “creates an even playing field” for the auto industry which he said “faced uncertain and conflicting fuel economy standards.”

“It's an action that is long overdue,” he said in Lordstown, Ohio. “It will give our auto companies clarity and stability and predictability.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council applauded the proposed regulations, calling it “unprecedented” and an “historic proposal moves America further down the road to cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.” 
-Karen Travers

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