The Politics of Fuel Economy

With Congress getting ready to head off for an unearned break, it looks like a compromise on fuel economy regs is near. Sure, all the car companies will have to build a fleet of vehicles that collectively gets 35 miles per gallon by 2020. But big suvs and trucks will still be treated separately. Details are scant. So it’s tough to say what the new regulations will force carmakers to do.

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