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A Green Reversal of Bush’s Policies

February 2, 2009

Washington D.C. – In just over two weeks on the job, President Obama reversed a series of Bush administration policies affecting the environment. Among other actions, he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review California's request to regulate emissions and the Transportation Department to issue guidelines to the auto industry to improve fleet fuel economy.

Obama ordered a review of EPA rules that prevent states from enforcing stricter-than-federal emission standards for cars, and his new guidelines will require the nation's automobiles to reach an average fuel efficiency of at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

Phyllis Cuttino, who directs the Pew Environment Group "U.S. Global Warming Campaign," says these changes are good news for North Dakotans.

"Sen. Conrad and Sen. Dorgan were instrumental in passing higher fuel-efficiency laws. That is going to mean increased savings for consumers at the pump: more than $25 billion a year."

This is a win-win for everyone, she contends, even for the auto industry.

"It's to help them become more fuel-efficient, more productive and more marketable in the current economic climate, which requires more fuel-efficient cars because that is what Americans - and frankly, other people around the world - want to buy."

Cuttino says the action is a down payment on the President's campaign promises and it sends a clear signal to America and the world that the administration will play a leadership role on energy and global warming.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND