Administration Decision on Fuel Economy Squanders Opportunity to Reduce U.S. Oil Imports, Protect Environment, Enhance National Security
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has squandered the opportunity to reverse the 22-year decline in passenger vehicle fuel economy.
“The NHTSA rule – calling for a mere 1.5 mile-per-gallon increase in fuel economy, and only for light trucks, from 2005 to 2007 – doesn't even match what the Big 3 automakers already committed to on a voluntary basis. It will do virtually nothing to reverse the nation's growing and deadly dependence on foreign oil.
“Fuel economy standards are already saving about 2.8 million barrels of oil a day, according to the National Academy of Sciences. We can do better, and we must, for the sake of national security, our economy, and our environment.”