Where Would We Stand With New MPG Standards?
On Nov. 16 President Barack Obama's Administration formally announced proposals for new fuel economy standards for 2017 to 2025. If the standards become real, the fleet-wide average mpg rating of America's cars, SUVs and pick-up trucks would "almost double" by 2025.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), "More than 150,000 Americans currently have jobs making parts for and assembling clean cars—hybrids, electric cars and other advanced vehicles that weren’t available 10 years ago." The Obama Administration's new standards for even better-performing cars would surely increase that number, "save drivers more than $80 billion a year at the pump" and cut vehicle emissions of carbon pollution "in half compared to today."
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The White House announced it was collaborating on the standards with automobile manufacturers responsible for more than 90% of vehicles sold in the U.S., last July.
Graphic via whitehouse.gov.