Pain at the Pump? New Fuel Standards Could Ease the Burden

03-22-2012 // Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH

This excerpt is from Public News Service - OH

Soaring gas prices are hitting drivers in Ohio and across the country, and little relief appears to be in sight. The long-term solution to pain at the pump can come through higher fuel standards for cars and trucks, says Zoe Lipman, senior manager for transportation solutions with the National Wildlife Federation. For example, the Obama administration's new fuel economy standards will require automakers to achieve a fleet fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Congress passed a mandated fuel economy of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

Besides saving drivers money, the standards will be a boost for manufacturing in Ohio, which is a national leader in building fuel-efficient technology, Lipman says.

"In addition to being the biggest single step we've taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil or to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change, these standards are bringing innovation, investment, manufacturing and thousands of good jobs back to states like Ohio."

Once fully implemented, the latest standards are expected to double fuel economy from today's levels and save Americans over $44 billion annually at the gas pump, she says.

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