Sen. Bernie Sanders is hailing an agreement to be announced between the Obama administration and U.S. automakers that will increase the average fuel economy of American cars to 54 mpg by 2025.
Sanders calls that a huge step forward for saving consumers money at the gas pump and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. He says it will also help generate new jobs.
Sanders says he expects that the change will allow the United States to wean itself off of Mideast oil by 2030.
The new target is a big step up from an earlier plan to have cars average 35 mpg by 2016.