"The auto industry will need to step up introduction of fuel-saving technology to help the U.S. meet aggressive goals to combat climate change despite manufacturers’ requests for relief from existing rules, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top transportation official said.
The U.S. will have to accelerate carbon reductions beyond current regulations calling for average vehicle gas mileage of 50 miles per gallon by 2025 to meet targets called for in the global climate agreement reached in Paris last year, Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said in an interview.
'What we know is, just from the math, if we’re going to achieve what science tells us we need to achieve by 2050, we’re going to need to see a lot of zero and near-zero emissions technology coming into the fleet,'Grundler said. 'Facts are facts.'"
Jeff Plungis and John Lippert report for Bloomberg August 2, 2016.