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File this under "Change We Can Believe In": it seems after just three years in office, the Obama administration has been able to improve the fuel efficiency of the auto industry by a not insignificant amount:

In the past four years, the fuel economy of new vehicles has improved by an average of 14 percent, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. This increase comes on the heels of big hikes in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, which Congress raised in 2007 for the first time in decades. Since then, CAFE has been set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, and a new proposal that's pending would raise the fuel economy standard to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

The Michigan study showed that the average fuel efficiency of 2012 light-duty vehicles on the market was 21.5 mpg, up from 18.9 in 2008. Adjusted for the vehicles that are actually purchased, the number is even higher, with 2011 coming in at 22.5 mpg. Researchers say that shows that consumers are buying models with better fuel economy.

The biggest efficiency improvements over the past four years came from diesels, which jumped 9.8 mpg, likely as a result of more diesel passenger cars being offered

These regulations came straight from the White House working with the auto industry. This would not have happened if it had to go through Congress.

So not only did the President help save the American auto industry, he has helped make us less dependent upon fossil fuels and helped the environment. Don't let anybody tell you this Administration has not had significant accomplishments. And if they do, have them watch this video:

Originally posted to John Campanelli on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 09:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Good News.

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