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New Fuel Guidelines in Works

The diverse interests that appear to have approved of President Obama's new national fuel economy standards make for an early achievement for the politician who campaigned on a promise of dialogue among groups normally at odds with one another. The new guidelines, negotiated in secret, will redefine how fuel efficient cars must be and has gotten the stamp of approval from foreign and domestic automakers, the EPA and many state governments. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to attend the announcement. According to Politico, the rules will offer "certainty" to embattled domestic auto makers as they begin their long road to recovery. The new fuel economy rules will also reduce dependence on foreign oil, another of Obama's signature issues.