Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obama announces fuel efficiency plan

President Barack Obama announced today new standards for fuel efficiency aimed at the year 2016.

Two environmental organizations praised Obama's move to cut emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

The Alliance to Save Energy called the policy that will raise the fleet standard to 35.5 miles per gallon of gas for model year 2016 "an historic step forward and a win-win-win for consumers, the environment and U.S. energy security."

"The new CAFE standards and emissions policies continue and speed up the forward drive to a green energy future that has been promised by this administration," alliance President Kateri Callahan said in a news release.

The Union of Concerned Scientists also praised Obama saying that his cuts would elimimate greenhouse gas emissions by 230 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, equivalent to removing 34 million of today's cars and light trucks from the road that year.

"When candidate Obama went to Detroit, he told the automakers what they needed to hear -- they had been making bad choices, and as president, he would steer a new course and revitalize the industry by bringing more fuel efficient vehicles to market," Michelle Robinson, director of UCS's Clean Vehicles Program, said in a news release. "Now President Obama is delivering on his promise to strengthen the auto industry, while reducing vehicle pollution and our dependence on oil."

The new cars will cost more to pay for upfront but will give the consumer savings at the gas pump.

Two groups praise Obama's fuel changes

United Press International - ‎1 hour ago‎
Under the new corporate average fuel economy standards Obama announced, the fleet standard will be 35.5 miles per gallon of gas for model year 2016. ...

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