Obama’s Big Step in Right Direction on Auto Fuel Efficiency and Emissions
The Rose Garden announcement made today by President Barack Obama is perhaps the first tangible example of the political and public policy synergy among environmentalists, national security interests, big business and consumers.
The president’s “National Fuel Efficiency Policy” will serve consumers with more fuel efficient cars – cheaper to drive – big business by streamlined and equal application of federal regulation, and the nation’s national security interests by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. Finally, less gasoline burned means less pollutants into the atmosphere, a policy environmentalists should heartily support.
According to information released by the White House, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the federal Dept. of Transportation and the state of California all collaborated with auto industry and environmental interests on the new fuel efficiency policy.
Among other things the new program will:
- Require that all sizes of cars and trucks become more energy efficient;
- Requires automakers to maintain an average fuel economy rating for their fleets of 35.5 mpg by 2016;
- Create a uniform national policy cutting compliance costs for automakers;
- Projects a reduction in oil consumption of 1.8 billion barrels over model years 2012-16;
- Projects a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 900 million metric tons over the same period.