New Vehicle Efficiency Standard Links Mileage and Emissions

While the regulations will increase the price of cars by average of $1,100, drivers will save estimate $3,000 over the life of the vehicle in fuel savings.

Published: 24-Sep-2009

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration proposed rules on Tuesday that would impose the first nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and require a nearly 40 percent increase in fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks sold in the United States by 2016.

Officials said the rules offered concrete proof of the administration’s commitment to address global warming just days before a series of international meetings on climate change open in Washington and at the United Nations. Broader legislation to deal with climate change is haltingly moving through Congress.

The government projects that the vehicle regulations will raise new car and truck prices by an average of $1,100, but that drivers will save $3,000 over the life of a vehicle in fuel bills. Officials also said the new program, which is to take effect in 2012, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly a billion tons and cut oil consumption by 1.8 billion barrels from 2012 to 2016.

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