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NWF: New Fuel Efficiency Standards “Important and Overdue Step”
The Obama administration today unveiled stronger fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions:
The administration estimated the requirements would cost up to $1,300 per new vehicle by 2016 — but that it would take just three years to pay off that investment and that the standards would save more than $3,000 over the life of the vehicle through better gas mileage. […]
The proposal is expected to increase vehicle fuel efficiency by about 5 percent annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 950 million metric tons. The plan would also conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil, according to the official — the equivalent to taking 42 million cars off the road, Jackson said.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Joe Mendelson applauded the move:
The Environmental Protection Agency has taken an important and overdue step to clean up tailpipe pollution. The effort will jump-start the modernization and retooling of our auto industry, protect our environment, and reduce our reliance on oil.
Now, America needs an equally ambitious plan to expand the clean energy economy and clean up smokestacks from corporate polluters. The Senate must act this fall to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that includes a cap on global warming pollution.
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