In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage
by Josh Vorhees (Slate) The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict new fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks later.
Excerpt from The Washington Post: The new rules, which expand on existing standards requiring American-made cars and light trucks to average 34.5 mpg by 2016, will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the time they are fully implemented, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Unlike many energy policies enacted under President Obama, the vehicle standards are a relatively uncontroversial move embraced by industry and environmentalists alike.
…In addition to increasing fuel efficiency, the rules also establish an emissions standard of 144 grams of carbon dioxide per mile for passenger cars and 203 grams of CO2 per mile for trucks.
…Even as the administration moves to finalize the standards, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has vowed to overturn them if elected. Last fall, Romney said he “would get the EPA out of its effort to manage carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles and trucks.” READ MORE