Obama steps on accelerator

Goes for auto emission cuts from far behind in the race

US president Barack Obama has set in motion a national policy that is expected to make cars and trucks in the country 30 per cent more fuel efficient by 2016. 

The policy is also expected to cut 900 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions from vehicles between 2012 and 2016. This is equal to taking 177 million cars off America’s roads. The move has come after two decades of allowing oil-guzzling in the auto sector.