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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement that it has finalized a joint rule-making to require automakers to improve fuel economy standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.  The coordinated standards – issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – mandate a fleetwide fuel efficiency increase from the 2008 average of 27 miles per gallon to the equivalent of 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016.

Following is Senator Feinstein’s statement:

“Today’s milestone announcement builds on the legacy of the 2007 Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act that I authored with Senator Snowe and others, which mandates that automakers increase fleetwide fuel economy at the maximum feasible rate, beginning with 2011 vehicle models.

I commend the Obama Administration for finalizing tough new standards for fuel economy and emissions that will require automakers to produce a more efficient and cleaner fleet of vehicles. Automakers will be required to increase fleetwide fuel efficiency from the 2008 average of 27 miles per gallon to the equivalent of 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016.

This is history in the making.

These new coordinated standards are a win for consumers who will save up to $190 million, when the regulations are fully implemented in 2016. It’s a win for energy independence, with an estimated savings of 1.8 million barrels of oil per day by 2016. That’s the equivalent of 70 percent of the oil imported today from the Persian Gulf, or the equivalent of taking 58 million cars off the road for an entire year. And it’s a win for the environment, with up to 21 percent fewer vehicular emissions by 2030 -- the equivalent of taking 50 million of today’s vehicles off the road in one year.

The Administration’s policy also reaffirms California’s cutting-edge leadership in setting rigorous standards to reduce tailpipe emissions – standards that will now be implemented across the nation.”

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