Obama to allow states to set their own fuel-efficiency standards

Keeping a promise he made during his campaign, President Barack Obama will overturn former President George W. Bush’s climate change policies on Monday with steps to raise fuel-efficiency standards and grant states the authority to set the limits.

According to an administration official, Obama will also ask the EPA to reconsider a request by California to impose its own strict limits on automobile carbon dioxide emissions. The request by California was denied under the Bush administration.

A final decision by the EPA could take several months, according to the official. If and when the EPA reverses the previous ruling, more than 12 states in the U.S. could proceed with plans to set their own carbon dioxide limits.

The auto industry has tried its best fight the California statute, which wants to reduce the emissions by 30 percent by 2015.

Source: NYTimes