This fall, President Obama has the opportunity to set fuel efficiency standards that save us money at the pump, decrease carbon pollution, and move us beyond oil.
The technology exists today to build vehicles that save fuel while enhancing safety, performance, and consumer amenities. By relying on American ingenuity and innovation, we can start building clean vehicles at a price consumers can afford right now. The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that new cars can average 62 MPG in 2025 – saving billions of gallons of oil and saving consumers money at the pump.
But the auto industry has always been slow to adopt new fuel-saving and safety technology in the absence of strong standards. They opposed mandatory seat belts and air-bags and claimed that the first fuel efficiency standards would prevent Americans from being able to choose the kind of car or truck they want to drive. Today, we know that these standards have made Americans safer, saved them money, cleaned up our air, and lessened the country’s dependence on oil.
Without setting strong new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards these fuel-saving and pollution reduction technologies will continue to go under-utilized. We know that new cars can reach more than 60 MPG in 2025. Consumers will save far more at the pump than the technologies cost. There is no reason to aim lower. Tell President Obama to seize this historic opportunity to make 60 MPG the standard for new vehicles by 2025.
Your administration recently announced that not only could new cars average 62 miles per gallon in 2025, they would save up to 1.3 billion barrels of oil and save consumers thousands of dollars. It is clear that fuel saving technologies are available to get to, or surpass, 60 mpg in 2025. Consumers will save far more at the pump than the technologies cost. There is no reason to aim lower.
I urge you to strengthen pollution and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and trucks that ensure we reduce our dependence on oil by at least 49 billion gallons per year by 2030 -- beyond what is expected from current vehicle standards. That's nearly three times as much oil as we currently import from Saudi Arabia. You can do this by:
- Setting new standards requiring cars and light trucks to achieve at least 60 miles per gallon and emit no more than 143 grams of carbon pollution per mile by 2025, with accurate accounting for fuels including electricity for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
- Setting standards that reduce fuel consumption from long-haul tractor-trailers at least 35 percent by 2017 and require all other medium- and heavy-duty trucks to increase fuel economy to the maximum technically feasible level.
We need your leadership to set strong pollution and fuel efficiency standards that will unleash American technology and ingenuity to help break our country's dependence on oil.