New Fuel Efficiency Standards Historic Step in Climate Fight

Vehicle Standards to Spur Jobs and Innovation, Protect Consumers and Wildlife

08-28-2012 // Miles Grant
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is set to finalize new  fuel efficiency and carbon standards, landmark rules that will double the fuel economy of America’s cars, SUVs and pickups to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

“As a onetime General Motors mechanic, I’m proud to see Americans already proving we have what it takes to lead in a prosperous clean energy future. Taken together, new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks are the biggest step America has ever taken to cut carbon pollution and reduce our oil dependence, critical for wildlife which faces both the global threat of climate change and the direct impacts of oil spills and pollution.

“New fuel efficiency rules are a win across the board – drivers will save money with more efficient vehicles, automakers will get the regulatory certainty they need, and all Americans will benefit from cleaner air, a stronger economy, and greater energy security. This administration deserves credit for finding common ground among a broad range of stakeholders, showing government can work for Americans to solve our biggest environmental and economic problems.

“As we enter election season, candidates should know these standards have broad, bipartisan support. All Americans benefit from cutting our oil dependence, creating American jobs, and confronting climate change to protect wildlife and public health. We stand ready to defend these gains from politicians fueled by hidden agendas.”

Studies on the economic impact of the new rule along with stories of companies and workers building the next generation of clean car and truck technology are available at

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