It's not surprising that people and groups concerned about air pollution, climate change and the environment in general are welcoming new gas-mileage standards for cars and trucks. But it might surprise some that many state governments and even the companies that make and sell those vehicles are also on board.
In fact, it seems that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and some of his conservative cohorts backed by Big Oil are almost the only Americans who say the new efficiency standards are not a huge step forward for the country.
The new rules finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency this week say new cars and trucks will have to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the 28.6 mpg standard mandated last year in the first phase of President Obama's plan to raise mileage requirements. However, the way the regulations work means that, in reality, the average will be closer to 40 miles per gallon in the plan's second phase.