cafe 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]

Energy Efficiency and Energy Use: The Rebound Effect is Overplayed

January 24, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

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Trying to put the rebound effect for energy efficiency in its rightful place is like playing a game of wack-a-mole. Predictably every couple of years, someone new discovers the counter-intuitive appeal of showing how more efficient energy policies may lead to more energy use. Wham! Told you there’s something wrong with those clean-car standards. Well, not so fast.[read more]

Ending Virginia's Gas Tax: Smart Energy Policy?

January 11, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

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I don't know if the Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates intended a double entendre when he referred to the state gasoline tax that Governor Bob McDonnell (R) just proposed eliminating as a "dinosaur tax".  He was certainly correct that this tax is rapidly becoming outmoded as its capacity to keep pace...[read more]

Fuel Economy Standards: Is the Most Important Energy Policy of Obama’s Administration at Risk?

August 30, 2012 by James Coan

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Yesterday, President Obama announced the most important energy policy of his administration, finalizing fuel economy standards through model year (MY) 2025 that should roughly double the efficiency of new vehicles as compared to when he took office. Despite the huge benefits, Republican nominee Mitt Romney suggests he would weaken the standards, leaving our economy substantially more vulnerable.[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]


Can the New CAFE Standards Deliver (Promised Benefits)?

August 20, 2012 by John Miller

The new Obama Administration 2025 fuel economy standards will increase fleet-wide average efficiency to 54.5 mpg and new vehicle purchasers’ will save $8,200. In addition, consumers will save $1.7 trillion and 12 billion barrels of oil, and eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide over the new program life. Compared to past Federal CAFE regulations these latest standards could truly be historic, if the promised benefits are real.[read more]

Consumers and global climate will win with new vehicle standards

August 14, 2012 by Nick Nigro

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As early as this week, the federal government will announce what is likely the largest move ever to save oil. If last year’s proposal becomes final, as expected, the fuel economy of a typical new car will go up by more than 70 percent by 2025. The standards will improve how far cars and trucks travel on a gallon of gas even more than the...[read more]

The Nuts and Bolts of the New CAFE and GHG Vehicle Standards

December 16, 2011 by Charles Zhu

This is Part 2 of a series on the new EPA-DOT vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards. Part 1 took a first look on the goals of the standards.These days, most cars can go from 0 to 60 mph in a pretty short time – but can the nation’s car fleet go from 27.3 to 49.5 mpg in 15 years flat?As we mentioned in Part I, a 49.5 mpg...[read more]

New Fuel Economy Proposal Would Bring Major Oil Savings

November 21, 2011 by Therese Langer

Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon. The National Highway Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency acted jointly to propose...[read more]

Success Slipping Away?

November 18, 2011 by David Hone

Very recently the US Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) released new estimates for global and national emissions for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 – i.e. the key years in terms of the drop in emissions and first signs of recovery. The US figure is a real good news / bad news story. The rise from 2009 to 2010 was over 200 million tpa, which on the one hand indicates some recovery in the economy, but on the other puts significant pressure on the ability of the US to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020.[read more]

Government Support for Electric Drive Must Continue

November 13, 2011 by James Greenberger

Vehicle electrification is simply a hedge against a petroleum crisis that we know to a certainty is coming. Within the transportation sector, electrification is the most complete, technologically feasible and cost effective hedge that we know of. More efficient ICE’s may offer improved fuel efficiency, but they offer no such hedge. The Chinese government, which is estimated to have spent about three times what the U.S. government has spent on vehicle electrification technology, has made the same calculation. The Chinese interest in vehicle electrification has less to do with its desire to compete with the West than with its concern for economic survival in a post-peak oil world.[read more]

Why Medium & Heavy Duty Trucks Received New Fuel Standards

September 14, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

Carol Lee Rawn, Senior Manager of the Transportation Program for Ceres, discusses the impact of the new fuel-efficiency standards that the Administration passed for heavy and medium-duty trucks.  Full Transcript: Ben Lack: The Obama Administration has recently passed some new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy and medium-duty...[read more]

Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency: The Green Skeptic on FOX Business

August 12, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

I sat down with Charles Payne and the gang at Varney & Co on FOX Business yesterday to talk about Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards.  We had a lively conversation. Here's the video: Watch the latest video at And here's a link in case your browser doesn't support the viewer above: Green Skeptic on...[read more]

Gas Taxes v. CAFE Regulations

August 9, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Most of the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gasoline tax is set to expire at the end of September, and there are some indications that it may become the occasion for the next big political fight in Congress. See Politico and Platts for background. Grover Nordquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, says a vote to keep the current...[read more]