President Obama announced on Tuesday that the US would impose tougher emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, the New York Times is reporting. The standards would be the first to require standards in the emission of certain gases and would mandate fuel-efficiency in the range of 35 miles per gallon by 2016. The auto industry is opposed to the new standards.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, told the British Broadcasting Corporation that it is impossible to ignore political reality, and some compromises may need to be made in order to get any carbon dioxide emissions set into law. He cited opposition from the energy industry in the US, which funds the campaigns of many US senators.