Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement regarding the new national fuel efficiency and greenhouse-gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation.

Senator Boxer said, "The national pollution and efficiency standards for vehicles adopted by the Obama Administration today are an historic step forward. The new standards, built on California's leadership on cutting carbon pollution, will save consumers money at the gas pump due to higher fuel efficiency while reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil."

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