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President Barack Obama called on federal agencies to tighten fuel efficiency standards for trucks. Our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Michael Scotto has the details.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama is calling on the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to draft new rules that would tighten fuel standards for trucks.

Obama made the announcement in Maryland on Tuesday. It comes after his State of the Union address, where he said he would work alone to make trucks more fuel efficient.

Heavy duty trucks represent four percent of vehicles on the road. However, they make up the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Overall, they represent about 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

"The goal we're setting is ambitious. But these areas are where ambition has worked out really well for us so far. Don't make small plans, make big plans. Anyone who had dire predictions for the auto industry said we couldn't do it, manufacturers couldn't bring jobs back to America, every time they say that, they were proven wrong," said Obama. "Every time someone says they can't grow the economy while bringing down pollution, it turns out they have been wrong."

These new standards will build upon the president's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. The DOT and EPA have until 2015 to draft a rule, before a rule is officially in place by March 2016.

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