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LCV Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Clean Car Rules

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

November 16, 2001  

WASHINGTON— Today, the Obama administration proposed historic new rules that would increase national fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025 and drastically reduce global warming pollution. These standards have been widely supported by automakers, labor, and environmentalists alike.

LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement in response:

"While the House of Representatives continues waging the largest assault ever on vital environmental safeguards, these landmark rules remind us of the valuable role that the federal government can play in saving consumers money, strengthening the economy and protecting the planet. 

We commend President Obama and his administration for continuing to pursue strong, clean vehicle standards that will reduce our dangerous dependence on oil and cut global warming pollution, while creating much-needed jobs and saving drivers money at the pump. We look forward to working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to ensure that the final standards are as strong as possible."

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