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Significant Points
New cars on aver­age get slight­ly less gaso­line mileage than 2001 mod­els
More effi­cient vehi­cles could save own­ers $1,500+/ year
+3 MPG indus­try­wide could cut car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 140M met­ric tons
Bush admin­is­tra­tion reluc­tant to embrace chang­ing gov­ern­ment fuel effi­cien­cy stan­dards
Situation
EPA released annu­al fuel econ­o­my sta­tis­tics on 865 2002MY vehi­cles
Pop­u­lar­i­ty of gas-guz­zling SUVs & pick­ups again held down aver­age MPG
Based on sales for all new pas­sen­ger cars & trucks, MPG = 20.4, 21-year low
6% of 2002MY cars & trucks get > 30 MPG
8/01 House reject­ed mak­ing SUVs attain same fleet aver­age 27.5 MPG as autos