Obama took a major step toward allowing California and other states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, goals greenhouse gases through stricter auto emission standards. He has also ordered a new federal rules directing automakers to start making more fuel-efficient cars, as required by law. President Obama opened an ambitious double-barreled attack yesterday on global warming and U.S. energy problems, is quick to rules requiring cleaner running cars guzzle less gas - a must, he said, because "our security, our economy and our planet."
The automotive industry reacted cautiously. Reduction of the planet-warming emissions is a great idea, carmakers and dealers said, but expressed deep concern over costly rules and conflicting national and local regulations at the same time that fewer people buying cars. U.S. auto sales plunged 18 percent in 2008.
This is necessary to enforce a 2007 energy law that calls for cars and trucks to be more efficient every year, at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Obama said that dependence on foreign oil "bank rolls dictators pay for the spread of nuclear weapons and means both sides of the fight against terrorism. It brings the American people for mercy move gas prices, stifle innovation and return on our ability to compete." Recent presidential history littered with grand but broken promises about weaning a gas-guzzling country from foreign oil. As far back as 1973, Richard Nixon would the nation be energy independent by 1980. The United States now imports an even greater share of its oil than it did then. This time may be different, "said Phyllis Cuttino, director of global warming campaign for pew Environment Group.
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