The U.S. Senate rejected tough new automobile fuel economy requirements on March 13, 2002, and instead, senators approved by a 62-38 vote a more industry-friendly proposal that would direct the Transportation Department to develop new fuel economy rules, but sets no specific increase for the automakers to meet. A provision that would have required automakers to increase their fleet-wide gasoline economy to 36 miles per gallon by 2015 came under sharp attack as a threat to the U.S. auto industry and the ability of Americans to choose their vehicles.

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