Environmentalists say language contained in a U.S. Transportation Deparment proposal to hike federal fuel-economy rules 25% by 2015 is a slap in the face. The 417-page document, released Tuesday, which marked Earth Day, also threatens to undermine California’s fight to regulate tailpipe emissions at the state level and fundamentally fails to acknowledge state-level authority as granted by the U.S. Clean Air Act, critics charge. “NHTSA celebrated Earth Day by ripping pages out of the ...

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