Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after President Obama, automakers, the State of California and environmental groups announced an agreement on setting fuel economy standards at 54.5 mpg by 2025:
"California has always led the nation on environmental standards, and today's agreement is no exception. That government, industry and environmental groups were able to work together and make an impressive commitment to our future is exciting news. The new fuel economy standards will save consumers' money and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Our nation must be at the forefront of clean energy advances and today marks a giant step forward. Being chained to the past is a bad place to be."
The standards announced today are expected to save the U.S. four billion barrels of oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 billion metric tons, and promote alternative fuel vehicles such as electric vehicles. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Eshoo has consistently fought for policies that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, including sponsoring legislation to increase electric vehicle deployment.