Commerce Committee proposes new gas mileage standards, Detroit says “we can’t compete.” What’s new?

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The proposal to reform the 30-year-old Corporate Average Fuel Economy program would require that the U.S. fleet of passenger cars and light trucks – SUVs, minivans and pickups – improve fuel efficiency by 4 percent annually. Changes would begin in 2011 and the fleet would have to average 35 miles per gallon, or 15 kilometers per liter, by 2020.

Four percent gains would be expected annually after that, but no longer-term target was set.

Light trucks must currently get 24 miles per gallon by 2011, while cars must average 27.5 miles per gallon. The truck standard was changed last year. The passenger car standard has been the same since 1990.

Automakers called the Senate plan unworkable, saying compliance costs alone could exceed $114 billion.

Bad management forever, thy name is the US auto industry.  This is really a very tiny step to combat global warming. And how long have they had to figure this out?

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