Monday, May 18, 2009
Officials familiar with the plans say President Barack Obama will announce new fuel efficiency standards tomorrow meant to restrict greenhouse gases spewing from cars' tailpipes.
The announcement would mark the first time limits on greenhouses will be linked to federal standards for cars and trucks.
Officials say the plan moves toward a group of states' efforts to cut emissions in new cars and trucks by 30% in the next seven years. The new standards would start in 2011 models.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, which has discussed the upcoming changes with the White House, says it expects the new standard would mean an equivalent of nearly 35 miles per gallon for the vehicle fleet by 2016.
A 2007 energy law requires car makers to meet at least 35 miles a gallon by 2020, a 40% increase over the current standard of about 25 miles per gallon.