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Credits and Fines Allow Carmakers to Comply with Fuel-Efficiency Standards

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Cars, SUVs and pickup trucks sold in the U.S. are quickly becoming more fuel efficient, in large part because Federal rules require them to be. Many domestic and overseas manufacturers meet the rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards by trimming vehicle weight and working technical innovations into their new models. But they also have [...]

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40 Years after OPEC Oil Embargo, U.S. May Finally Get Off Imported Crude

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So you think President Barack Obama’s calls for energy independence have seemed a bit starry-eyed? Well, every U.S. president since Richard Nixon has publicly called for the country to become self-sufficient. Why? Because of oil. Specifically, oil imported from Middle Eastern nations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The ongoing chorus stems [...]

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EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy Stymied by Republican Boycott

When a U.S. president nominates a candidate to take over the top spot at a major government agency such as the Defense Department, at least a few senators—usually from the opposing party—raise some objections, if for no other reason than to show that they will not rubber-stamp anyone the president proposes. But yesterday Republicans boycotted [...]

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Can U.S. Cars Meet the New 54 mpg CAFE Standards? Yes They Can

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A new car in 2025 will go twice as far on a gallon of gasoline than a 2012 model does now, if automakers comply with new federal standards released today. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced aggressive new rules to raise the fuel efficiency of cars, SUVs and [...]

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