President Bush said Monday that he has directed the federal government to start writing new regulations that would cut gasoline use and greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.
The president said his goal is to reduce America's gasoline consumption by 20 percent within 10 years. The move comes after the Supreme Court ruled that the government could regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars — something the Bush administration had questioned.
But President Bush didn't have many details to offer about his plan. He said that drafting the new rules won't be easy — and that they won't be ready until the end of next year.
The issue has some environmentalists worried that the Bush administration might use the regulatory process as an excuse to derail efforts by California and about a dozen other states to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars. Those states need the EPA's approval before they can go ahead with their own programs.