History shows gas prices will only continue to spiral – gobbling up our household and public budgets. And vehicle exhaust continues to be one of our nation’s major air pollutants.
That’s why developing more fuel-efficient vehicles is vital to getting our economy and our environment back on track. Right now, officials want to gradually increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg over the next 13 years – a target some innovative cars on the market already meet.
Yet a contingent in Congress wants to derail these common-sense efforts, blocking higher fuel economy standards for vehicles built after 2016. That would effectively put strides in innovation in reverse!
Eight out of 10 consumers in our survey want these money-saving mileage standards. Tell your members of Congress to get on board with the rest of America, and support higher fuel efficiency for our vehicles.
The new economy standards proposed by the EPA and NHTSA will save me an average of $6,000 in fuel costs over the life of a vehicle. That's real money!
And these standards also will cut our nation's gasoline consumption by over 3 billion barrels, helping reduce our dependence on unstable foreign oil. Plus, it's estimated they'll cut greenhouse gas emissions in our environment by 1.7 billion metric tons.
Some may think we don't want more efficient cars and trucks, but that's not reality. Consumer Reports surveyed Americans in October and found that 93 percent say fuel standards for all vehicles should be improved, and 80 percent support targets of at least 55 mpg by 2025.
As important, 8 out of 10 consumers say they are willing to pay extra for a more fuel efficient vehicle if they can make up that higher price in lower fuel consumption over five years. The proposed standards are achievable and affordable, offering payback on investment in less than 4 years.
Please support the proposed 54.5 mpg standards by 2025, and oppose any attempt that would prevent me from having access to a wide variety of fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles.