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WASHINGTON — While Cummins Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Solso stood behind him, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum Friday to direct the government to set the first-ever mileage and pollution limits for big trucks.

Obama also directed the government to tighten rules for future cars and SUVs, setting the nation’s sights on vehicles that run on half the fuel they now use and give off half the pollution.

“The nation that leads in the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. And I want America to be that nation,” Obama declared at the White House as he signed a memorandum that would reshape the country’s driving habits long after he leaves office.

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