The New American Standard: NRDC Is a Driving Force for a Cleaner Environment

When President Obama announced new clean car standards in August 2012, his statement represented nothing short of a monumental victory for environmental advocates. The new carbon pollution and fuel efficiency standards—which will require an average fuel economy the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year—will eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution over the life of the program, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half. But the standards also mean that America’s love affair with the open road may soon undergo a renaissance—one in which drivers will save money, auto manufacturers can grow and create jobs, and the cars and trucks we drive will again inspire a patriotic pride in American ingenuity.