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NEW YORK TIMES - August 16, 2005
Fuel Rule Change for Big S.U.V.'s Seen as Unlikely
DETROIT, Aug. 15 - The Bush administration is expected to abandon a proposal
to extend fuel economy regulations to include Hummer H2's and other huge
sport utility vehicles, auto industry and other officials say.
The proposal was among a number of potential strategies outlined by the
administration in 2003 to overhaul mileage requirements for light trucks -
sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and minivans. It had been seen by
industry officials as likely to be adopted.
But the impact of the tougher requirements would have been borne almost
solely by the increasingly troubled domestic auto industry, a concern for
the administration.
Its broad plan to overhaul the light-truck mileage rules would change the
regulatory system from one using averaged mileage for an automaker's entire
annual light-truck output to one that sets up five or six classes,
determined by a vehicle's size.
The rules, the first major rewriting of fuel economy standards since they
were created in the 1970's, will be released late this month. They are sure
to renew vigorous debate about the nation's dependence on foreign oil, a
matter underlined by rapidly rising oil and gas prices.


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