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LCV Applauds Short-Term CAFE Standards, A Necessary Step Towards a Clean Energy Future

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or September 15, 2009  

WASHINGTON – Following up on President Obama’s May announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation released a proposed joint rule that would require Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks and passenger cars to meet 35.5 mpg by 2016. League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:

“An ambitious near-term standard for fuel efficiency is an essential step towards meeting President Obama’s goals to increase our energy independence and reduce our nation’s contribution to global warming. We applaud this historic step forward to increase fuel efficiency and will be reviewing the proposed rule closely to ensure that it delivers on the President’s promise.”

“The proposed standards will increase the strength and competitiveness of America’s automakers, save consumers billions in gas money, and significantly reduce the amount of pollution our country will emit.”

“We now look to the Senate to build upon this important step by passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that will transition our nation to a clean energy economy which will create jobs, increase energy independence and reduce harmful global warming pollution.”

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