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Federal rules mandating that automakers double vehicles’ fuel efficiency by 2025 were finalized Tuesday, spurring a flurry of opinions about the monumental impact of the new standard.
While supporters are calling the fuel efficiency standard a landmark boost to the environment and economy, opponents have questioned whether the goal is realistic and even dangerous.
Environment Texas, a statewide advocacy group, called the rule the nation’s single most significant effort to combat global warming.
“Future generations may well look back on today as a decisive step toward breaking our destructive oil addiction,” said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger in a written statement.