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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – As gasoline prices climb and the summer driving season approaches, a new report says Minnesotans could save big with more fuel efficient cars.

A study released Tuesday by Environment Minnesota says Minnesota families could save an average of $538 at the pump this summer if a 60 miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency standard was in place. The advocacy group says cars meeting that standard could save Minnesotans collectively over $1.25 billion in a summer.

Ken Bradley, program director of Environment Minnesota, says 60 mpg is achievable with greater use of electric and new diesel technology. He says it would reduce pollution and dependence on foreign oil.

Environment Minnesota is one of several groups that are calling on the Obama administration to adopt a 60 mpg standard as it sets new fuel efficiency rules.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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