AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine environmentalists are calling new federal regulations that will nearly double the average gas mileage of new cars and trucks by 2025 a major step forward.
The regulations finalized Tuesday by the Obama administration require the fleet of new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year.
Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says the rules "are the single biggest step America has ever taken to cut our dependence on oil and the carbon pollution that causes climate change."
Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor says long before President Barack Obama took office, California, Maine, and 12 other states were developing and implementing their own state-level clean car standards.
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