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December 1, 2010

Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384

Sierra Club Welcomes Administration’s Announcement to Strengthen Fuel Efficiency and Pollution Standards for Cars
Stronger Standards are Creating Jobs Now, and Can Move Us Beyond Oil

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced a supplemental notice of intent to strengthen car fuel efficiency standards.

Statement of Sierra Club Green Transportation Director Ann Mesnikoff

"We welcome the news that Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary Ray LaHood  have taken one more step toward increasing fuel efficiency and reducing global warming pollution from new vehicles made between 2017 and 2025.  With higher gas prices always on the horizon, making cars cleaner and more efficient is a no-brainer and should be part of a comprehensive plan to reduce global warming pollution and cut our dangerous addiction to oil.

Fuel-saving technologies are available to get to, or surpass, 60 miles per gallon in 2025.  Consumers will save far more at the pump than the technologies cost, and there is absolutely no reason to aim lower.  Already, EPA and DOT have heard strong support from the public for setting standards to at least 60 MPG in 2025.

Americans want better, more fuel efficient cars.  The next step is for California to move ahead with its next round of clean car standards and for other states to adopt these standards to bring better vehicles and reduce pollution for their residents.

Strong fuel efficiency standards will ensure that we put American ingenuity and American workers back to work to make America a leader in developing clean cars and trucks and to help break our dangerous dependence on oil. Already, we’re seeing new jobs created and a new appetite for electric vehicle innovation as evidenced by recent announcements from Chrysler and GM that each will put 1,000 engineers to work in Detroit developing new electric vehicles.

These vehicle standards must also be part of a national transportation plan to break our dependence on oil by investing in smart transportation choices for Americans.”

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