President Obama announced Friday a major agreement with auto manufacturers to set stronger fuel-economy standards in new cars. The standards require a 54.5 mile per gallon fleet-wide average for new vehicles through the years 2017-2025.
Gene Karpinski, President of the LCV, heralded the announcement as a major win for the environment and the American people. "While two miles down the road the House of Representatives is waging the biggest assault ever on vital environmental safeguards, this historic announcement reminds us of the valuable role that the federal government can play in helping consumers save money, strengthening the economy and protecting the planet,” Karpinski stated.
The new standards will reduce oil consumption by as much as 1.5 million gallons per day, or 23 billion gallons annually by 2030, according to analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council.