Obama Mandates Fuel Efficiency Improvements

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

On Friday, President Obama took a step to improve his image as an environmentally aware president by ordering further improvements to fuel efficiency standards for vehicles this past Friday in a presidential mandate.  While current rules require that cars made by 2016 must get at least 35.5 miles per gallon for combined highway and city, the mandate requires further improvements for cars and light trucks made in 2017 and beyond.  The increases in fuel efficiency will have multiple benefits, including reduced costs for vehicle owners and reduced gas consumption.

This move comes during a time when Obama’s image as an environmentally friendly president has been damaged in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  As oil continues to show up along the U.S. Gulf Coast, endangering species and marsh habitats, the catastrophe has highlighted the need to reduce our energy demand and invest in alternate forms of energy.  By helping our environment through reduced oil consumption and saving consumers money through reduced gas demand, fuel-efficiency standards are a win-win strategy to helping our environment at little costs to citizens.

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