President Obama will change America as we know it with new fuel rules
He and members of his administration have put plans in place to create a national program that will dramatically improve efficiencies for automobiles sold from 2017 to 2025.
“This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” President Obama said in a presentation he delivered around lunchtime.
“Most of the companies here today were part of an agreement we reached two years ago to raise the fuel efficiency of their cars over the next five years. We’ve set an aggressive target and the companies are stepping up to the plate. By 2025, the average fuel economy of their vehicles will nearly double to almost 55 miles per gallon.”
The president was joined on stage today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, several auto executives and UAW President Bob King. These individuals have signed onto and been instrumental in achieving this historic agreement. The participating auto companies are also providing advanced technology vehicles to display at the event.
“These standards will help spur economic growth, protect the environment and strengthen our national security by reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil,” LaHood said. “Working together, we are setting the stage for a new generation of clean vehicles.”
President Obama (pictured) spoke to an audience of 250 people, including representatives from the auto companies, UAW employees, environmental leaders, union representatives and members of Congress.