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President Pushes For Increased Fuel Efficiency Standards

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President Obama headed to a Safeway distribution center just outside Washington D.C., to promote ways to improve the efficiency of the nations' trucks and heavy duty vehicle fleet.

It's the latest in a series of executive actions he's taking without waiting for Congress.

The president is directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to draft new fuel efficiency rules for the industry by next March.

President Obama is calling for new fuel efficiency standards on medium and heavy trucks.

He said improving the efficiency of the nation's trucking fleet won't just make the air cleaner, it will also improve consumers' bottom line.

"Everything from flat-screen V', every mile that we gain in fuel efficiency is worth thousands of dollars in savings every year."

The supermarket chain has invested in a more aerodynamic and more efficient design for its fleet.

"The truck behind me was able to achieve a 75% in fuel economy over the last year."

Heavy trucks not only have a gas guzzling reputation, their exhaust amounts to nearly a quarter of all transportation greenhouse gas emissions.

The president wants to give tax credits for companies to expand their use of clean energy vehicles.

Tuesday's announcement fulfills a State of the Union pledge to take executive action wherever possible, to address climate change and other issues.

In a statement, the American Trucking Association said it supports proposals to use less fuel, but also said new rules should not force specific technologies onto the market before they are fully tested.

Written by Danielle Nottingham

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