The Dernogalizer

May 18, 2009

Breaking News: 39 mpg standard by 2016!

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 3:43 pm
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The first blog post I made on here(minus the intro) was about how the Bush Administration was using the lowest standard possible under the 2007 bill called the Energy Independence and Security Act that raised CAFE standards to a minimum of 35 mpg by 2020.  I testified before the National Highway Traffic and Safety Admin(NHTSA), about how they were making a big mistake.  For a time it looked like this was what the government was going to pursue, but news recently just broke that the CAFE standard is going to be 39 mpg by 2016, which is a sizable shift.  I’m very pleased with this.  A few notable excerpts are below.

“The Obama administration will issue new national emissions and mileage requirements for cars and light trucks to resolve a long-running conflict among the states, the federal government and auto manufacturers, industry officials said Monday.”

“But Mr. Obama is planning to go further, putting in place new fuel economy rules that will combine the standards of California’s emissions law with the corporate average fuel economy program administered by the Department of Transportation. The effect will be a single national mileage rule that matches California’s strictest-in-the-nation standard.  Under the new standard, the national fleet mileage rule for cars would be roughly 39 miles a gallon in 2016. Light trucks would have to meet a fleet average of slightly more than 26.2 miles a gallon by 2016.”

“This is a very big deal,” said Daniel Becker of the Safe Climate Campaign, a group that has pushed for tougher mileage and emissions standards with the goal of curbing the heat-trapping gases that have been linked to global warming. “This is the single biggest step the American government has ever taken to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.”     

**Update 5/20/09** Here is a good NY times editorial which puts the significance in perspective.

**Update 5/27/09**  This post originally said 42 mpg, it turns out the media got that confused, 42 mpg was what the California standard in 2020 would have been.  The actual standard is 39 mpg by 2016.  I’m updating this post to reflect that.











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