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The Obama administration has proposed tougher standards for tailpipe emissions from new automobiles, which include the first greenhouse-gas emissions limits for cars.

The limits will require cars to average 35.5 mpg by 2016, four years earlier than under previous fuel economy requirements. In addition, the new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards will apply across the nation, contrary to what the President proposed earlier this year.

(See "New president gives states too much control over CAFE standards" in the B.O.B. blog, Jan. 28, 2009.)

David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports magazine’s auto test division, made the following statement today about the new limits:

"The U.S. is taking a major step forward in producing greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles. This decision provides a clear path for a national standard after years of uncertainty, which is a relief for the auto industry and consumers alike.

"These standards strike a good balance between fuel economy and maintaining safe cars," he says. "In the long run, the fuel savings should help offset the higher costs of building greener vehicles.

"This is a good step for consumers' pocketbooks, auto safety groups, and the environment."

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