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Nation that leads in clean energy would lead global economy: Barack Obama

US Prez Barack Obama ordered his government to prepare fuel efficiency.



Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered his government to prepare fuel efficiency
standards for many years from now and renew its focus on
electric-powered vehicles.

Announcing the new policy, Obama said the country that
leads in clean energy would lead the global economy in the
future.

"Around the globe, countries are seeking an advantage
in the global marketplace by investing in new ways of
producing and saving energy. From China to Germany, these
countries recognize that the nation that leads in the clean
energy economy will lead the global economy, and I want
America to be that nation," Obama said.

He directed federal agencies to create a first-ever
National Policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease
greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks
for Model Years 2014-2018, and an extension of the National
Program for cars and light-duty trucks to Model Year 2017 and
beyond.

The directive includes support for the development
of advanced vehicle infrastructure, especially electric
vehicles.

It also directs EPA to reduce non-greenhouse-gas
pollutants from motor vehicles.

The announcement laid the groundwork for a more
secure energy future by reducing America`s dependence on oil,
enhancing American competitiveness with a new generation of
advanced electric vehicles, and protects the environment by
reducing dangerous greenhouse gas and other pollutants.

Obama said the government is supporting the
development of advanced battery technologies and is also
doubling the capacity to generate renewable electricity.

"We`re building a stronger, smarter electric grid,
which will be essential to powering the millions of plug-in
hybrids and cars and trucks that we hope to see on the roads,"
Obama said.

It is estimated that through these investments, the
US will create or save more than 700,000 jobs and these will
help businesses develop new technologies that vehicle-makers
can use to meet higher fuel efficiency standards.

"In addition, the standard we set last year for cars
and light trucks runs through 2016. I`m proposing we start
developing right now a new and higher standard to take effect
beginning 2017 so that we can make more and more progress in
the years to come," said the US President.

"We`re also going to work with public and private
sectors to develop the advanced infrastructure that will be
necessary for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, and we
are going to continue to work to diversify our fuel mix,
including bio fuels, natural gas and other cleaner sources of
energy," he said.

Obama said he believed that it is possible in the next
20 years for vehicles to use half the fuel and produce half
the pollution that they do on Friday.

"But that`s only going to happen if we are willing to
do what`s necessary for the sake of our economy, our security
and our environment," Obama said.

Obama signed a presidential memorandum directing the
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department
of Transportation (DOT) to create a first-ever National Policy
to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas
pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks for Model Years
2014-2018.

Currently trucks consume more than two million barrels
of oil every day, and average 6.1 miles per gallon. They also
emit 20 percent of greenhouse gas pollution related to
transportation.

Preliminary estimates indicate great potential for
significant fuel efficiency gains and greenhouse gas emissions
reductions for large tractor trailers, which represent half of
all GHG emissions from this sector.

Obama also called for an extension of the National
Program for cars and light-duty trucks to Model Year 2017 and
beyond.

Additionally, he directed the Department of Energy to
provide increased support for deployment of advanced vehicles,
including electric vehicles, and directed EPA to reduce
non-greenhouse-gas pollutants from motor vehicles.

"The announcement lays the groundwork for a more
secure energy future by reducing our dependence on oil,
enhancing American competitiveness and job creation with a new
generation of advanced electric vehicles, and protects the
environment by reducing dangerous greenhouse gas and other
pollutants," a White House statement said.

"This will bring down costs for transporting goods,
serving businesses and consumers alike. It will reduce
pollution. And, just like the rule concerning cars, this
standard will spur growth in the clean energy sector. We know
how important that is," Obama said in his remarks.

"We know that our dependence on foreign oil endangers
our security and our economy. We know that climate change
poses a threat to our way of life - in fact we are already
beginning to see its profound and costly impact. And we know
that our economic future depends on our leadership in the
industries of the future," he said.

PTI

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