President Obama is expected on Tuesday to announce new vehicle emissions standards as part of his administration's drive against global warming petition.
The Associated Press and Politico, quoting anonymous sources, are both reporting the planned announcement.
It would follow up his order in his first days in office for federal regulators to reconsider a petition by California, Massachusetts, 12 other states, and the District of Columbia to set stricter auto emissions rules than the federal government, a request blocked by the Bush administration.
The states' regulations would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and trucks by 2016.
The AP reports that Obama's move also would effectively end legal battles between states and automakers, who sought to block state-specific rules, by prompting the automakers to drop their lawsuit. Two car companies who have been part of the litigation, General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, have received billions in government loans.
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