In a legal setback for automakers, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Vermont can follow California’s lead in setting new regulations that govern the emission of greenhouse gases by automobiles. 

Said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, the ruling “bluntly articulates what Americans overwhelmingly believe, what the National Academy of Sciences has found and what foreign automobile manufacturers have demonstrated: greater fuel efficiency is achievable without sacrificing vehicle size or power.” 

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