Americans are driving in record numbers. Just one indicator: This holiday season will be the most-traveled in history. That’s why it’s more important than ever for cars to be fuel-efficient. Better gas mileage will save Americans money at the pump while reducing our nation’s carbon emissions.
The EPA is working to make sure that happens. The EPA has reaffirmed its current efficiency standards for cars and light trucks that will double fuel efficiency by 2025. Finalizing this plan will result in an average of about 50 mpg for these vehicles.
We know that clean car standards work. These standards have already saved American families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, and by 2025, they will reduce our nation’s dependence on oil by more than 2 million barrels per day. But Trump’s pick to lead the EPA — a climate denier funded by the oil industry — will work hard to eliminate these standards.
This is unacceptable. Implementing the EPA efficiency regulation will spur innovation and create better-performing vehicles while benefiting our health and our planet.
That’s why we need to urge the EPA to reaffirm its plan before Trump takes office.