New Fuel Economy Standards Order Better Mileage For Heavy Trucks

delia anderson
Fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks has just gotten harder. Those standards got harder and extended into the future on Friday. Also, for the first time, better gas mileage for heavy trucks can be enforced. President Obama ordered the government to step up fuel economy standards, and he had a group of auto and truck executives who support the regulation that were standing right behind him. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one thing that he talked about in his speech about America’s long term energy security and also the national fuel economy standards. Article Resource: New fuel economy standards order better mileage for heavy trucks The national fuel efficiency standards The executive order on national fuel efficiency standards allows Obama to get the ball rolling without having to wait for Congress. Obama's signature orders the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department to develop new fuel and emissions standards that are a lot more strict than rules formally enacted in April. The rules from April require autoloans to buy new cars that average a minimum of 35.5 miles a gallon by 2016. The president’s new plan also orders that there are more improvements on fuel efficiency in cars and light trucks made in 2017 and beyond and in medium and heavy trucks made from 2014 through 2018. In addition, Mr. Obama’s directive orders a lot more federal support for the creating of new autos, like advanced electric cars, and it instructs the EPA to lower emissions of other pollutants by motor autos, besides all of the greenhouse gases. Fuel efficiency standards wanted by automakers. Automakers would like to have national fuel efficiency standards. A state-by-state approach has threatened them ever given that California began trying to enforce much higher fuel efficiency standards than the federal government was. The New York Times reports that before the president’s initial policy a year ago, manufacturers were facing separate greenhouse-gas standards being developed by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act; fuel-efficiency standards developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in response to Congressional legislation; and the possibility of separate standards enacted in California and 13 other states. Truck gas mileage to improve Environmental groups are trying to get gas mileage standards for heavy trucks for a while. The Associated Press reports that despite the fact that medium and heavy trucks represent only 4 percent of all automobiles on American highways, they nevertheless consume a lot more than 20 percent of the fuel burned on the roads, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental advocacy organization. If trucks get 3.7 miles to the gallon a lot more it would, by 2030, reduce American oil consumption by 11 billion gallons a year, the group said. Better gas mileage saves billions Carbon emissions and energy security could be impacted deeply by better gas mileage standards. Reuters reports that environmental statistics show cars and trucks account for a lot more than 60 percent of U.S. oil consumption and a lot more than 25 percent of domestic carbon pollution. Policy director for the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council, David Doniger, told Reuters that better gas mileage for cars and the first-ever efficiency goals for trucks will conserve consumers billions of dollars in fuel costs. Read more on this topic here The New York Times reports The Associated Press reports Reuters reports

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