Administration Decision on Fuel Economy Squanders Opportunity to Reduce U.S. Oil Imports, Protect Environment, Enhance National Security

Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Statement of Alliance to Save Energy President David M. Nemtzow

“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.”