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Obama, auto industry favor single fuel standard

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - The Obama administration and automakers favor maintaining a single national standard for fuel efficiency, officials said on Wednesday as a bid by California to set its own requirement revs up.

Separately, Congress is close to setting a June 30 deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to decide whether California can proceed with its politically charged initiative that would improve efficiency by sharply reducing tailpipe emissions.