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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:25 AM

Peter Kent says motorists could save $900 from Obama’s fuel standards (Canada)

Peter Kent says motorists could save $900 from Obama’s fuel standards
By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News November 27, 2012

OTTAWA — Canadian motorists could reduce gasoline consumption by 50 per cent and save about $900 per year by 2025 through new fuel economy standards introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration that would be matched by the Harper government, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Tuesday.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Kent said at a car dealership in Ottawa. “It is government policy to have every sector play its part in meeting our greenhouse gas emissions (targets) but there are significant benefits which will accrue to consumers.”

Kent and an automobile industry representative on hand for the announcement declined to get into specifics about the costs of the new standards which were previously introduced in the United States for vehicles, starting with the 2017 model year.

A spokesman for Kent said the detailed Canadian regulations for 2017 to 2025 model year cars would be published next week.

Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, said the regulations would not be a cakewalk for his members and would require some heavy lifting to achieve.


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