New long overdue US Auto Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Regulations Proposed, which would result in historic fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission regulations for vehicles.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly propose regulations to improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases. The vehicles subject to the proposed rules are responsible for almost 60 percent of all U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions as well as 60 percent of oil used for transportation.
This historic coordinated national proposed program would conserve billions of barrels of oil, save consumers money at the pump, increase fuel economy, and reduce millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions…Wow! Finally we have an excellent example of good government (EPA & DOT) in action, with luck this will be just be start of good things to come. It’s refreshing to see the people still have some tools to use and to start undoing all the damage that’s been caused to the environment and the economy by being hooked on fossil fuels and having to import so much foreign oil etc.
Specifically, the program increases fuel economy by approximately five percent per year reaching 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by the year 2016, and imposes the first ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles.
Projected savings to the average car buyer who purchase their vehicle outright would save enough in lower fuel costs over the first three years to offset the increases in vehicle costs.
The program will provide important energy security benefits by conserving 1.8 billion barrels of oil, which is twice the amount of oil (crude oil and products) imported in 2008 from the Persian Gulf countries.
Finally we have two US government agencies doing what they were designed to do–protect and serve the people. Sadly this is all too rare today as too many politicians are currently getting into bed with the lobbyists representing big corporate interests and only passing laws that highly favor their short term profit goals. Currently there are far too many corporations whose entire reason for being is to make money for their stockholders and not necessarily look after the general population any more than necessary to insure that they meet the minimum government standards. Some companies only seem to care that their customers stay healthy enough to keep buying their products and only do the minimum (required by law) to not get a bad reputation in the marketplace. In this case the Oil industry and the carbon polluters have finally been given a reasonable wake up call. However, this should have happened long ago and even those agencies were asleep at the wheel during the Reagan and Bush administrations and never made substantial positive changes to protect the environment or start weening the USA off their economically disastrous foreign oil addiction.
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