WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a first-ever National Policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks for Model Years 2014-2018. Currently trucks consume more than two million barrels of oil every day, and also emit 20% of greenhouse gas pollution related to transportation. The President also called for an extension of the National Program for cars and light-duty trucks to Model Year 2017 and beyond. The 2012-2016 standards were finalized this year by a joint rulemaking between the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:
“We applaud President Obama’s continued leadership on efforts to increase fuel efficiency and curb greenhouse gas emissions. This action represents another historic step toward meeting the president’s goals of transforming our nation’s energy policies, rebuilding our struggling economy and protecting the planet for future generations.
“The new standards will set America’s automakers on a path towards greater competitiveness, will save consumers billions in gas money and significantly reduce our dangerous dependence on oil.
“We now look to the President to build upon this important step by working with senators to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this year that will create jobs, make America more energy independent and reduce harmful carbon pollution.”
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