By Jim Tankersley and Richard Simon - LA Times
Reporting from Washington -- The federal government, major U.S. automakers and the state of California have reached an agreement that will force cars and trucks across the country to achieve dramatically better gas mileage by 2016, a deal that environmentalists are hailing as a major step to curb global warming.
President Obama will announce the agreement on Tuesday, joined by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others. The national policy will mimic, with slight modifications, a policy that California officials fought the Bush administration for years to implement, said several sources who requested anonymity when discussing the yet-to-be released details of the agreement.
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