29 Jun '11, 2pm

White House Opens Negotiations With 56.2 MPG Fuel Economy Standard

The Obama Administration is starting negotiations on the next round of vehicle fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, suggesting they should average 56.2 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. The White House has long said it would propose the next round of automobile fuel economy standards by September and finalize them by July 2012. After over 20 years of successful lobbying from the auto industry to prevent fuel economy increases, they finally increased them to 34.1 mpg by 2016. Now, the administration will decide how much to further raise those standards through 2025. Obama's negotiating pattern is to start lower than the desired outcome and then go lower still during negotiations. True to form, he's already dropped the number from his original target of 60 mpg, which the environmental community is shooting for. And it's just a starting point for negotiations with ...

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