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EPA Warns Automakers of Even Steeper U.S. Fuel-Economy Goals

  • Aggressive climate-change plan needed after 2025, agency says
  • Auto industry already balking at more near-term targets
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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.