SAFE Praises New Fuel Economy Rules
“The policy announced today combines two absolutely essential elements: aggressive new fuel economy goals, and a national framework that provides regulatory certainty for the industry,” SAFE President and CEO
The new rules will increase the national fleetwide average standard for cars and light trucks to 35.5 miles per gallon (39 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for light trucks) by 2016, four years faster than required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The new standards will be applied nationwide.
“Reducing the amount of oil consumed by our transportation sector — which today accounts for 70 percent of the petroleum our country uses every single day — is a crucial step toward a safer, more prosperous nation,” Diamond continued. “But it cannot be the final step. Ultimately, as long as our cars and trucks, and therefore our entire economy, are dependent on oil, we remain vulnerable. It is crucial that policymakers in both the House and Senate continue to move forward with proposed comprehensive legislation that will eventually result in an electrified transportation system fueled by a wide variety of domestic fuels instead of oil.”
In 2006, the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) — a group of business executives and retired military leaders led by General
Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil and improve U.S. energy security to bolster national security and strengthen the economy.
SOURCE Securing America’s Future Energy