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Obama to launch fuel economy push for future

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Obama to launch fuel economy push for future

BY JUSTIN HYDE

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will launch a drive Friday to set fuel economy standards for model years 2017 and beyond, ordering federal agencies to work together on tougher rules for cars, trucks and commercial vehicles.

The administration will also lay out plans to set standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles between 2014 and 2018 as well, an administration official said today.

A year ago, Obama met with automakers and environmental officials to hail an agreement setting a fuel economy target averaging 35.5 m.p.g. by 2016 for U.S. cars and trucks.

Automakers supported the target to head off efforts by California and a dozen other states to set their own rules, which automakers warned could have created a patchwork of standards across the country.

Those standards require the largest improvements in U.S. vehicle fuel economy since the government first started regulating fuel efficiency in 1975.

And as soon as the final rules for automakers through 2016 were released in April, executives immediately started calling for a repeat of the process for 2017 forward. Several have said they were concerned California environmental officials would try to move first, setting new standards that would act as a floor for any federal action.

Obama will order the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to work together on the rules, as they did last year.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100520/BUSINESS01/100520045/1210/Business01/Obama-to-launch-fuel-economy-push-for-future

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