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Fuel efficiency standards to improve by 2016

POSTED: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 8:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 11:56pm

Nearly fifty percent better gas mileage is the new standard for vehicles in the U.S.

The feds rolled out their master plan for vehicle emissions and fuel economy today.

The new standards will require all American vehicles to average 35 and a half miles to the gallon.

Cars will have to get about 39 miles to the gallon, and trucks will need to get around 30.

Right now, trucks are required to get about 23.5 miles per gallon and cars need to get about 27 and a half miles per gallon.

The E.P.A. also set a standard for tailpipe emissions about 8.75 ounces per mile.

The new standards will be slowly phased in between 2012 and 2016, with the final standards in place by 2016.

Since the East Texas economy is fueled by oil and gas, there is some concern over how these standards could affect our economy, but some say, for most people, this is a good move.

"We don't have an oil refinery, so it's our mission to keep oil and gas as low as possible so we can afford it, we can afford the medication, we can afford to insure our children, for me, as long as gas gets lower, however it needs to get done, that's looking out for the American people," Trenia Jones says.

More fuel efficient vehicles will cost more money, about a thousand dollars or so, however, experts suggest drivers will save about three thousand dollars in gas during the time they have the car.

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