fuel efficiency standards

If Someone Replaced Your Car with a Prius, Would You Drive More?

August 11, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

Cars and Driving Habits


Most of us drive cars that are less fuel efficient than a Prius, but this is likely to change over the next decade as the new CAFE standards are phased in. Regulators project that these new standards will increase the average fuel economy of new vehicles to 39 miles per gallon by 2025.[read more]


U.S. Consumers are Purchasing Increased Numbers of SUVs and Trucks. Why Do Consumers 'Poll Green,' but Apparently Don't Buy Green?

February 20, 2015 by John Miller

Buying Green and Consumer Behavior

Polls indicate most people support reducing U.S. carbon emissions. But consumers recently began purchasing much greater numbers of SUVs and trucks than more efficient, lower carbon cars. Have purchasing behaviors changed or have government green policies failed?[read more]


How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

March 4, 2014 by John Miller

Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. Federal Government has strongly advocated increasing Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Truck fuel efficiencies and reducing tailpipe carbon emissions. How effective could recent regulatory actions be in significantly reducing future MD/HD Truck fleet petroleum motor fuels consumption?[read more]

Citizens Urge EPA to Finalize Cleaner Fuel Standards

April 28, 2013 by Luke Tonachel

auto pollution standards

A broad group of citizens and other stakeholders are calling on the U.S. EPA to act now to reduce smog pollution caused by cars and light trucks. The strong support for the so-called “Tier 3” standards is nearly unanimous.[read more]

Moving Beyond Corporate Average Fuel Economy

April 25, 2013 by Gal Sitty

new car technology

Recent announcements by Ford and GM show that the giants of American auto manufacturing are investing in various approaches to meet the federal government’s stringent new fuel economy standards.[read more]

Carbon Emissions and the Future of Cars and Light Trucks

April 22, 2013 by Judi Greenwald

Can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions from running our cars and light trucks by 80 percent by 2050? Yes, but it will be difficult, and it can only happen with a set of strong, sustained, and adaptive public policies.[read more]

Obama Administration Makes History by Raising Fuel Standards to 54.5 MPG

August 29, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

Today ushers in a new era for American drivers. Soon we will save thousands of dollars every year at the gas pump. Car buyers will be able to choose from hundreds of models that combine fuel-efficiency, high performance, and safety. And workers will find half a million new jobs building the cars of future.This isn’t some distant dream;...[read more]

Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery and Job Growth

August 24, 2012 by Peter Lehner

A few years ago, Craig Winn launched a new company with two employees and a good idea: leverage the auto industry’s engineering prowess to improve solar manufacturing. Three years later, the Michigan-based company has hired nearly 50 workers and doubled its production capacity. The secret to its success is using precision techniques from...[read more]

Obama Administration Set to Finalize Historic Fuel Efficiency Standards, Saving Consumers $1.7 Trillion

July 30, 2012 by Peter Lehner

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It's been a long, hot, and largely unproductive summer in Washington. Members of Congress head home this month, leaving behind plenty of unfinished business and an ideological divide that remains as wide as the Potomac. The Obama administration, however, is about to pull off a major feat of governance, based on the sort of constructive...[read more]

Study: More MPG = More Jobs

June 27, 2012 by Luke Tonachel

The connection may not seem obvious but improving the miles per gallon of our cars spurs job creation. This is for two reasons: (1) improving automobile efficiency requires the addition of new technologies, which are designed and manufactured by adding workers in the auto industry and (2) money saved on gasoline by drivers will be spent...[read more]

Proposed Auto Efficiency Standards Will Create 570,000 Jobs By 2030

June 27, 2012 by Joseph Romm

New fuel economy standards proposed in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation could create 570,000 jobs between 2017 and 2030, according to a report released today by the BlueGreen Alliance.The report was produced in association with the Sierra Club, the United Auto Workers, the National Resources...[read more]

Reckless vs. Responsible: Dueling Infrastructure Philosophies

April 19, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Here's the state-of-play with transportation law:The Senate passed a bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 74-22. This lobbed a nice easy proposal to the chamber on the other side of Capitol Hill, which has managed only fits and starts towards its own bill.Last week was Easter...[read more]

The Fruits of the Clean Cars Peace Treaty

April 1, 2010 by David Doniger

The federal clean car standards to be issued Thursday by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are a giant step in our country’s journey towards a cleaner and more secure future. This is an achievement more than 10 years in the making, involving both the states and the national government...[read more]

Obama Goes Forward on Clean Cars, Backward on Offshore Drilling

March 31, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

President Obama traveled to Andrews Air Force Base today to talk about the need to strengthen America’s energy security. I agreed with his emphasis on the need to invest in clean energy. I welcomed his mention of the new fuel efficiency standards for cars that will be formally announced tomorrow. But I do not support his decision to open...[read more]

Giuliani opposes Congressional fuel economy deal

December 9, 2007 by Joseph Romm

In a revealing interview on Meet the Press today, GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he does not support the mandated increase to 35-mpg that both the House and Senate — and I believe even the President — support. What is his alternative strategy? Politically, as Climate Progress readers know, only one other alternative...[read more]