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President Obama Endorses Tougher National Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Tomorrow

Automakers lose as Administration imposes the California Greenhouse Gas rule nationally that effectively raises mileage requirements by more than 25% in the short term.

by on May.18, 2009

President Obama with house majority leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, and house speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CAca

Raising the fuel economy standard for automakers avoids once again a much tougher political choice of raising the price of fuel paid for by voters.

President Obama will announce tomorrow that he is requiring new national standards on auto greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy that will drastically increase the mileage required for new vehicles sold in the U.S.

The White House and the EPA declined to confirm this, but widespread news reports citing people who were briefed on the new plans leave little doubt that the gridlock caused by auto industry lobbyists on imposing higher mileage standards is about to be broken.

Under the new standard, the national fleet mileage rule for cars would be more than 40 miles a gallon in 2016. Light trucks would have to meet a fleet average of slightly than 26 miles a gallon by 2016.

Back in March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2011 model year. They raised the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per gallon, a 2 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average, as estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is part of DOT and is responsible for fuel economy regulations. The car standard for a 2011 is an average of 30.2 mpg. The 2011 light truck requirements average to about 24.1 mpg    (more…)