While corporate polluters have blocked Congress from taking any action to address climate change or advance clean energy policies, President Obama scored a major victory for the American people last week by finalizing historic new fuel efficiency standards for motor vehicles. The Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards will require the average fuel economy of all new cars sold in the U.S. to be 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year.
LCV President Gene Karpinski said these new standards are “the single biggest thing the United States government has ever done to reduce global warming pollution.” Indeed, the new fuel efficiency standards strengthen national security by weaning us off nearly 2 million barrels of foreign oil; the standards bolster the growth of an unfailingly resilient auto industry which now has more business certainty to keep investing in more workers and production; more fuel efficient cars save money for consumers who now can pay less at the gas pump; and these fuel economy standards are good for the environment by reducing carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
Across the county, President Obama’s new fuel efficiency standards are being hailed as a significant and decisive step forward towards a cleaner, safer, more secure future:
New York Times: Cleaner Cars, a Safer Planet
Los Angeles Times: On the right road with federal fuel economy standards
Denver Post: Fuel standards worth the cost
Detroit Free Press: Driving toward a smarter energy future at 54.5 m.p.g.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette: New fuel standards put the U.S. on the right road
Philadelphia Inquirer: New fuel efficiency rules will help create jobs
Salt Lake Tribune: Better mileage; Welcoming new vehicle standard
The Baltimore Sun: EPA gets it right
Lincoln Journal Star: Fuel standards spur innovation
Macon Telegraph: We should welcome new fuel efficiency standards
Journal News: New fuel-economy standards will enhance U.S.
Lehigh Valley Express-Times: Can we get to 54.5 miles per gallon? We have to try
Press Democrat: Driving toward an independent energy future
The Republican: New fuel-efficiency regulations a winning proposition