Obama Takes Action on Gas Mileage Standards, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Moving quickly on environmental campaign promises, President Obama calls for higher fuel economy standards and a review of greenhouse gas regulations.
From EERE Network News
Jan. 28, 2009
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Living Better on Less Energy: Fuel Economy History Was Made in California

For the first time ever, Diesel motorcycles publicaly demonstrate their potential in real riding.

MAX Update No. 96: Jevons' Paradox and Gore's Dilemma

Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I n...

No Gas at the Pumps ... No Power in the Grid

How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?

Paint the Town Green

This Friday, Beijing will show off its green improvements when the Olympics begin.

President Obama issued two memoranda on Monday to address the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions of the nation's automobiles.

The president directed the secretary of transportation to publish higher fuel economy standards for the model-year 2011 cars and light trucks by the end of March, and to re-evaluate the proposed standards for future model years. Automakers would generally begin selling model-year 2011 vehicles in fall 2010.

President Obama also directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revisit a California waiver request that would allow that state to implement its own greenhouse gas emission rules for vehicles.

The federal Clean Air Act allows only California to set emission standards that deviate from federal rules, and any California standards require a waiver from the EPA. However, once California enacts its own standards, the act allows other states to adopt the rules set in California. Although the waiver request applies specifically to California, more than a dozen other states intend to implement the California greenhouse gas rules for vehicles if the waiver is granted.

"It will be the policy of my administration to reverse our dependence on foreign oil, while building a new energy economy that will create millions of jobs," Obama said. "We hold no illusion about the task that lies ahead. I cannot promise a quick fix. No single technology or set of regulations will get the job done. But we will commit ourselves to steady, focused, pragmatic pursuit of an America that is free from our energy dependence and empowered by a new energy economy that puts millions of our citizens to work."

Regarding the new memoranda, Obama noted, "Our goal is not to further burden an already struggling industry," but rather "to help America's automakers prepare for the future."

The president also touted the promise of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that is now working its way through Congress. According to Obama, the plan will double the United States’ capacity to generate renewable energy over the next three years and "will lay down 3,000 miles of transmission lines to deliver this energy to every corner of our country." The plan will also invest in energy efficiency, making 75 percent of federal buildings more energy efficient while weatherizing the homes of two million families.


Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter of the U.S. Department of Energy.







Post a comment below.

 

Glen Graham
9/4/2009 11:10:26 AM
I've thought for many many years that we should set a minimum MPG level for cars etc to be approved - it's such an obvious thing for governments to apply. My wife's car does 70+ MPG (turbo diesel)and still drives like a normal car - it's not a sports car by any means, but it will do 100 mph (if you want) and why would you need even that speed on a normal road? My Landrover does a LOT less, but then it's used for driving through woodland for our timber - perhaps there would need to be exemptions for vehicles genuinely used for such things (not sub 30mpg SUVs just used for the school run for example!).

James_4
1/29/2009 11:49:56 AM
Do one thing, do it well, and move to the next. Forget the electrical grid and CO2 of power plants till you GET US OFF FOREIGN OIL FIRST! What happened to the EPA and their Hydraulic Hybrid which would save MILLIONS of gallons of fuel each year. These systems are practical, affordable, available NOW, and they WORK. Put the systems to work now on all new vehicles and offer retrofits for existing vehicles. All federally owned vehicles used in stop and go driving, all school buses, city buses, trash trucks, postal delivery vehicles should be mandated to use the hydraulic hybrid system. The EPA holds patents on this technology and has proven for years that the technology works, is affordable, and is able to be retrofitted to existing vehicles for a reasonable price.Get us off foreign oil now and save 700 BILLION dollars per year of imported oil.








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.