US wants to raise fuel standards for passenger cars


WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - The Bush administration formally asked Congress on Thursday for authority to overhaul fuel economy standards for passenger cars, which have not changed in 16 years. Tranportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in a letter to House and Senate leaders that the step was needed to lessen dependency on imported oil. The administration in March upped fuel standards for sport utility vehicles and pickups to 24.1 miles per gallon by 2011. Cars must now average 27.5 ...

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