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Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal
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President Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan.
Biden will then aim for even tougher anti-pollution rules afterward to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposal reflects Biden's pledge to attack climate change but also balance concerns of the auto industry.
The industry would prefer a slower transition to zero-emission electric vehicles.
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The regulatory action would tighten tailpipe emissions standards rolled back under former President Trump.
The proposed rules are expected to be released as early as next week, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The proposed rules would begin with the 2023 car model year, applying California's 2019 framework agreement on emissions standards reached with Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Volvo, according to three of the officials.
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Environmental groups said Tuesday that the proposal did not go far enough.
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