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Tell Congress to Reduce U.S. Gas Consumption by Raising the Fuel Economy Standard for Cars

Record levels of gas consumption are producing a crisis: the earth’s climate is changing and global temperatures are rising, and pollution is increasing. We depend on unstable regimes for oil imports, and gas prices are going through the roof. It is far past time to chart a different course.

A higher fuel economy standard for passenger cars would:

  • Help slow the effects of global warming,
  • Reduce pollution, conserve natural resources,
  • Bolster national security,
  • Improve safety,
  • Lower gas prices within a few years by reducing demand substantially.

Despite this, the fuel economy standard for cars has not been raised since it took effect over two decades ago. Technologies are gathering dust on the shelf that would boost the fuel economy of cars Without a higher standard, however, Detroit continues to invest in gas guzzlers.

Congress should:

  • Direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to increase fuel economy for cars,
  • Set the fuel economy standard or model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles, and
  • Require that NHTSA use a single fuel economy standard for cars rather than the Bush Administration’s proposal of a sliding-scale system. A sliding scale holds larger vehicles to less stringent standards, creating an incentive for manufacturers to up-size vehicles, decreasing fuel economy and encouraging heavier, more aggressive vehicles.

Write your elected officials now.

January 16, 2019


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