Environmentalists Call for Strong Fuel Efficiency Standard
A coalition of 19 environmental groups sent a letter to President Obama today encouraging him to require that cars made after 2025 meet a 60 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency standard.
Natural Resources Defense Council Executive Director Peter Lehner, in a blog today, said this goal is achievable.
We can achieve 60 mpg by 2025 using and improving on technologies that already exist such as hybrid electric cars. And, of course, we have the know-how to do it without compromising affordability, safety, or consumer choices.
And he says new standards will help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil:
Not only will they save drivers money at the pump and make America’s car industry more competitive, but they will also dramatically reduce our need for foreign oil and cut down on global warming pollution. By 2030, it will cut our oil consumption by 49 billion gallons per year and more than 535 million metric tons of carbon pollution.
The letter comes as the Obama administration is expected to release new fuel efficiency rules later this month.