OPINION: America will benefit from increased fuel efficiency rules
On Jan. 17, there will be a federal Transportation Fuel Economy Hearing in Detroit. This is an opportunity to support automobile manufacturers, the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT), environmental leaders, and other stakeholders on their hard work setting a fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
The rules proposed by these key stakeholders in turn benefit American consumers, U.S. foreign policy interests, and the environment. Greater fuel efficiency will benefit American consumers at the pump, as the standards will reduce oil consumption. Owners of vehicles that meet these standards will save money on each fill up and reduced consumption will in turn benefit everyone at the pump. That savings adds up to over $6,600 in fuel costs over the life of a 2025 model year vehicle over a 2010 model year.
The proposed fuel economy rule will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil at a time when demand from emerging markets will surge, all while encouraging the manufacture of advanced vehicles and creating high-quality U.S. jobs.
State Sen. Rebekah Warren