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Obama regulates tailpipe greenhouse gas
If this Toyota Corolla can get stellar mileage, can't every American car? (Credit: Flickr)
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A new day is dawning for automotive fuel economy—in the name of regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama Administration announced May 19 tough new standards for carmakers to meet by 2016: 30 mpg for trucks and 39 mpg for cars. Why go after fuel economy when the target is climate emissions? There is virtually no other way to reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group representing 11 carmakers, praised the new regulations, announced at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. "The President has succeeded in bringing three regulatory bodies, 15 states, a dozen automakers and many environmental groups to the table," said Dave McCurdy, the group's CEO. Among the green groups attending the event were the League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund and the Union of Concerned Scientists--not welcome White House visitors during the Bush years.
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