The Guardian (UK)
Barack Obama's announcement of aggressive new targets on US fuel economy standards was welcomed today as a "historic agreement" by a leading thinktank.
Flanked by representatives of the automotive industry, the US president said: "This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we've ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
"And just as cars will go further on a gallon of gas, our economy will go further on a barrel of oil."
Phyllis Cuttino, the Pew Environment Group's director of the clean energy programme, said: "This is a historic compromise. It will be the largest acceleration of fuel economy that we've had. Auto companies have said to themselves in good faith that we're really going to try to stretch. Given our history on fuel economy it's very impressive."
Cuttino said the standards were a serious step towards reducing greenhouse gases in transport, the fastest growing source of emissions in the US.
"In the absence of a comprehensive energy and climate policy you really have to take assertive action on smaller practical measures that you can take and implement now because if you're going to wait five or 10 years the curve to meet what science tells us to do becomes ever more steep."
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