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President Obama Sets New Fuel Standards





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President Obama has announced new auto fuel standards that would require cars and trucks to average 35.5 mpg by 2016 and would set a national standard that would remove the need for state by state regulation. The White House says that the automakers are on board because they want one set of national standards.  The announcement included Governors Arnold Schwartzenegger and Deval Patrick, auto company executives, union leaders and members of congress.  

From President Obama's remarks:
"Think about this.  Consider how much has changed all around us.  Think of how much faster our computers have become.  Think about how much more productive our workers are.  Think about how everything has been transformed by our capacity to see the world as it is, but also to imagine a world as it could be.

That's what's been missing in this debate for too long, and that's why this announcement is so important, for it represents not only a change in policy in Washington but the harbinger of a change in the way business is done in Washington.  No longer will we accept the notion that our politics are too small, our nation too divided, our people too weary of broken promises and lost opportunities to take up a historic calling.  No longer will we accept anything less than a common effort, made in good faith, to solve our toughest problems.

And that is what this agreement seeks to achieve." 

AP uploaded a short video of the announcement online. We will update with the full feed if and when it is available: 




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