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04:18 PM

Cautious on Fuel

Trucking industry asks Obama to 'proceed cautiously' on new fuel, emissions regs

President Obama on Tuesday used executive action to order a new round of fuel-efficiency and greenhouse-gas standards for U.S. automobiles, driving climate control to the front of his second-term agenda and sparking concern from the trucking industry.

The president wants new standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and has asked the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop and issue them by March 2016.

“Today we’re taking the next step,” Obama said at a Safeway grocery stores distribution center in suburban Maryland, just several miles from the White House."I said that this would be a year of action, and I meant it. ... I'm eager to work with Congress wherever I can. But whenever I can act on my own to expand opportunity for more Americans and help build our middle class, I'm going to do that.

However, the announcement brought a tepid response from Big Business.

The American Trucking Association -- the largest national trade association for the trucking industry -- urged Obama to “proceed cautiously” in setting new standards.