Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) today applauded the Obama Administration's actions to finalize historic new fuel economy standards to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.
The fuel efficiency of new cars will be nearly double under these standards compared to today's cars. These new standards mean that cars and light trucks built in 2025 will save families the equivalent of about $8,000 in fuel costs over their lifetime, or approximately $1 per gallon of gas.
These standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with stakeholders including major automakers, the United Auto Workers, and environmental advocates.
"Speaking to energy leaders this month at the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, my message was simple: we need to work together in order to make Hawaii and the rest of our nation less dependent on foreign oil. Efficiency must be a huge part of this equation," said Congresswoman Hirono, a cosponsor of the landmark 2007 energy bill that raised fuel efficiency standards for the first time since the 1980s. "The collaboration we're seeing today is going to save our families more than $1.7 trillion at the pump, strengthen our economy, and help reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels. That's a win all around."
In addition to cosponsoring the 2007 energy bill, Congresswoman Hirono has made increasing efficiency a central plank in her plan for a more sustainable Hawaii and believes a national renewable energy and efficiency standard will help push our nation to a clean energy future. To read her sustainability plan, please visit: http://hirono.house.gov/uploadedfiles/mazie_hirono_sustainability.pdf.
To read more about the Obama Administration's announcement, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/28/obama-administration-finalizes-historic-545-mpg-fuel-efficiency-standard.