New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment

NRDC: "Everybody is a Winner Today"

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2012) -- The latest vehicles fuel efficiency standards announced today by the Obama Administration is a landmark achievement in more ways than one.

The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Everybody is a winner today.

“Motorists win because they will have much more fuel-efficient cars to drive, thus saving thousands of dollars at the gas pump every year.

“The auto industry—and its workers--win because these standards will spur the creation of thousands of new jobs as well as state-of-the-art vehicles that go nearly twice as far on the same gallon of gasoline.

“Everybody wins because using less gasoline will reduce our dependence on oil and lead to cleaner air. Less pollution means a healthier populace and lower medical bills. That’s great for our economy.

“These new standards, moreover, will reduce carbon pollution that drives climate change. That’s a win for everybody around the world—and a very big win for future generations.

“Today’s news also is a welcomed antidote to the public perception of a gridlocked Washington utterly incapable of producing a positive result for the good of our country. It’s a timely reminder that people of goodwill can set aside partisanship and do right by the American people.

“And so we celebrate an historic milestone today. But make no mistake. This isn’t the end of the road. Far from it. There’s more to do. Much more. We will keep on keeping on.”

For more information, please read NRDC president Frances Beinecke’s blog: