"With global talks on climate change looming, the Obama administration sought to gain momentum Tuesday by unveiling its plan to require better gas mileage for cars and trucks and the first-ever rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released the proposed regulations at the White House, the follow-up to President Barack Obama's announcement in May that the government regulations would link emissions and fuel economy standards.
'This action will give our auto companies some long-overdue clarity, stability and predictability,' Obama said Tuesday during a visit to a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
'This marks a significant advance in our work to protect health and the environment and move our nation to a sustainable economy in the future,' Jackson said.
The new standards call for the auto industry's fleet of new vehicles to average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016."
Julie Pace and Ken Thomas report for the Associated Press with Dina Cappiello September 15, 2009.