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Obama to Auto Industry: 35.5 MPG by 2016

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After years of bickering--okay, lawsuits--with the Bush administration about more stringent fuel standards, California and other states are finally getting their way. Tomorrow, a California delegation will join President Obama for his announcement that the federal government plans to set fuel efficiency standards for vehicles at 35.5 mpg by 2016, according to the AP who spoke to anonymous sources. And the Wall Street Journal says "in a perverse way, that answers Detroit’s prayers: U.S. automakers have long argued against California’s go-it-alone stance and in favor of a single national fuel-economy standard." While the specifics are officially under wraps, politicians have already begun sending out press releases announcing their travel plans to the Capitol. Two local politicians, Asm. Paul Krekorian and Sen. Fran Pavley, will join Gov. Schwarzenegger and Att. Gen. Jerry Brown tomorrow at the announcement.