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USA: Driven to Change

Today, President Obama and U.S. automakers announced the latest phase of fuel economy standards, moving to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. This big win for consumers will result in a total savings of 3.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2030 compared to what we would have used before my 2007 law to increase fuel economy standards was implemented.

These fuel efficiency standards strike at the heart of the oil cartel that has held America in a stranglehold for decades – restricting our economic growth, threatening our national security and poisoning our environment.

For families and businesses that have been punished by high gas prices at the pump, today’s announcement is welcome sign of relief and an indication that in the future America’s energy policy will be driven by innovation and technology.

Getting here wasn’t easy.

It took 32 years for Congress to act again to boost car fuel economy standards and consumers paid the price. University of Michigan researchers found that in 2006 cars were only getting about three more miles to the gallon than vehicles did in 1923!
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