Lawmaker blasts latest Republican ploy to undermine historic fuel economy standards, increase dependence on foreign oil
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a new report that found fuel efficiency is a major factor behind the increase of 236,000 jobs in the U.S. auto industry since summer of 2009, Republicans have launched a new baseless political attack on the fuel economy improvements that are driving the American auto industry’s recovery and saving American families money at the pump. Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-author of the 2007 legislative standards that led to the new 54.5 mpg standard supported by automakers, labor unions, environmentalists and the Obama administration, today said Republicans and their presidential candidate Mitt Romney should stop their efforts to attack one of the bright spots of America’s economy and support the will of the American people who already are benefiting from job creation and more efficient vehicles.
Combined with provisions to require the deployment of advanced biofuels, the new fuel economy standards will save 2.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2025. The U.S. currently imports 4.6 million barrels of oil per day from OPEC.
Just today, the Department of Energy announced new projects to accelerate deployment of next-generation American-made automobiles, including advances for energy-efficient vehicle and truck engines.
Compared to June 2011, there was a 164 percent increase in the sale of electric and hybrid cars in June 2012.