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Proponents of new federal fuel economy standards for vehicles say it would reduce dependence on foreign oil, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save consumers billions of dollars. The auto industry says the new standard wouldn’t achieve these intended goals and would make cars and SUVs less safe. A panel talks about the proposal and its potential impact.
- Paul Portney chairman of the National Academy of Sciences panel on fuel economy standards
- Hal Harvey president of the Energy Foundation
- Fred Smith president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute
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