Obama orders more fuel-efficient cars by 2011 Updated 9h 14m ago
By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY President Obama's initiative Monday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost fuel efficiency in new vehicles would cut costs for consumers and prod carmakers to more quickly roll out greener cars, some analysts say. Obama ordered the Transportation Department to boost fuel-efficiency standards for 2011 model cars. He also told the Environmental Protection Agency to re-examine whether California should be granted a waiver to become the first state to impose greenhouse gas limits on new vehicles, reversing Bush administration policy. The state wants to slash emissions in new cars and light trucks an average 30% by 2016. At least a dozen other states joined the petition. Obama didn't order the EPA to grant the waiver, but it's expected to.
"It will help add to the pressure to put out cleaner vehicles of all shapes and sizes," including cars that run on natural gas and hydrogen, says David Friedman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.