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Obama to unveil big increase in required mpg

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Announcement Tuesday; requirement to cost an extra $1,300 per vehicle

WASHINGTON - New cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming.

President Barack Obama was expected to adopt the higher mileage standards on Tuesday, administration sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

The new requirement will cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle and marks the first time that limits on greenhouse gases will be linked to federal standards for cars and light trucks.

While the 30 percent increase would be an average for both cars and light trucks, the percentage increase in cars would be much greater, rising from the current 27.5 mpg standard to 42 mpg starting in 2016. The average for light trucks would rise from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg.

Too small and slow of a step all on its own. Unless we are drastically slashing emissions elsewhere while this is going on its nothing but a dog and pony show. I'll celebrate this small victory though because its part of phasing out fossil fuels and every tiny step forward is a step toward responsibly mitigating the damage of climate change. The auto industry doesn't need (or deserve) 5 years to make us better cars; imports will be meeting those standards long before GM.

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