On Halloween Congress Gets the Spooky Truth about Fuel Efficieny

by Lorna Li
On Halloween, the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency is sending out “Spooky Truth” Trick or Treat bags to every member of Congress, urging them to approve strong fuel efficiency standards for the 2007 Energy Bill.
In June, the Senate passed the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standard – a strong, bipartisan compromise to raise mileage for cars and light trucks to an average of 35mpg by 2020. This is the first Congressional increase in fuel efficiency in 30 years, and yet the auto industry is pushing a proposal which would weaken and delay the Senate compromise. Their “tricky” proposal would only require 32 mpg by 2022 and actually cap American innovation on mileage improvements at 35mpg. The spooky truth is that just a few years and a few miles do matter when it comes to making a difference for America.
Here are some comparisons between the 35 mpg Senate CAFE standard and the Auto Lobby Proposal. In 2020:

Barrels of Oil Saved Per Day:
– 500,000 Auto Lobby Proposal
– 1.2 Million Senate Fuel Economy Compromise
Consumer Savings at the Pump:
– $11 Billion Auto Lobby Proposal
– $25 Billion Senate Fuel Economy Compromise
Emissions Reductions
– 85mmt CO2 Auto Lobby Proposal
– 206 mmt CO2 Senate Fuel Economy Compromise
A coalition of environmental organizations is lobbying Congress to adopt the 35 mpg CAFE standard as well as the Renewable Electricity Standard, which calls for 15% of U.S. electricity to be derived from renewable energy sources. Together, these provisions can save consumers money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, catalyze the renewable energy industry, create new jobs and bring the U.S. closer to oil independence.
According to the UCS study on Clean Vehicles and Fuel Economy, far from destroying auto jobs, CAFE would create 22,300 jobs in the auto industry alone by 2020 – and a total of 170,800 jobs by 2020. The CAFE provision would also save consumers nearly $25 billion at the pump in 2020, according to UCS.
The Auto Lobby Proposal is a Trick, Not a Treat
Instead of making the richest companies in the world richer, this energy bill will benefit consumers and working Americans, make us less dependent on foreign oil and better global citizens.
Let Congress know that fuel efficiency and renewable electricity matter!
Sign the petition in support of an aggressive energy bill over at 2007 Energy Bill and pass it on!

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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