Obama: New National Emissions Standards Needed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is unveiling the first-ever national vehicle emissions limits.

His proposed rules changes are expected to save 1.8 billion barrels of oil through 2016. They could also cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is finalized.

A White House environmental adviser says the plan will protect consumer choice and provide cleaner vehicles.

Carol Browner, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, called the accommodation with the industry on new rules "truly historic." She says the regulatory changes are "long overdue."

She said in an interview on CBS's "The Early Show" that consumers will save money on fuel and that the environment will be healthier for everybody.

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