U.S., California Jointly Seek Higher Fuel Economy Standards
The U.S. government announced Monday that it will propose new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks at the same time as California -- by Sept. 1, 2011.
Officials from the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and California said they'll now work on the same timeline. Previously, California planned to announce the new standards in March and the federal agencies in the fall.
"We are sharing the same set of data" on the feasibility of hiking fuel economy, Stanley Young, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, a state agency, tells Green House. He says some scientific and engineering studies are not yet done, and "we wanted to be sure that data was available."
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