White House Approves New EPA and DOT Greenhouse Gas Rules

President Obama, White House Energy Reform

In brief: Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base, President Obama announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) were to sign a joint final rule establishing new greenhouse gas emissions standards.

The word

President Obama, Energy Reform Speach

The new standards cover both greenhouse gas emissions standards for individual vehicles made after 2012, but also set new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. The new rules will be effective for 2012-2016 model year vehicles.

The rules were originally announced in May 2009 and have been under scrutiny and public process since then. Having finally been ironed out, the EPA and DOT are set to sign the regulations tomorrow.

The rules will be enforced by the EPA and by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a part of the DOT. The measure is projected to save over 1.8 billion barrels of oil in its four year lifespan.

And so ...

I wonder if they picked April Fool's Day on purpose?

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