The nation’s fuel economy standards have been the subject of heated debate, in Washington and beyond. There’s one element of the discussion that has bridged the political divide, however: the potential for higher-octane fuels to satisfy the interested parties, not to mention benefit the country in a variety of ways.
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U.S. fuel economy standards continue to be under the spotlight.
The federal government announced in early April 2018 that the existing standards, for cars and trucks to be built for model years 2022 to 2025, were too restrictive. Consequently, an effort is underway to revisit those standards. There will be an opportunity for interested parties — including you — to weigh in.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards stem from a 1975 law passed during the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis that caused severe gasoline shortages for Americans. The standards were designed to increase mpg as a way of reducing our dependence on foreign oil. According to estimates, if fully implemented the standards would cut oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels and save consumers $92 billion in fuel costs over the lifetimes of the vehicles affected.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is charged with setting the CAFE standards. In addition, the EPA in 2009 began to address vehicle emissions that contribute to global warming. While these programs have different goals, one for national security and one for the environment, they are intended to work together in harmony. Together they are generically referred to as fuel economy standards.
This page is your destination for credible, factual, nonpartisan information about one of the most important issues facing the country. Welcome to the Policy CAFE.
The past year was quite a whirlwind, especially on the policy front. Unlike many advocacy organizations, Fuel Freedom was well positioned to continue progress both philosophically and with the relationships we have built over the past few years.
Last year we urged the Environmental Protection Agency to consider fuels as part of the pathway to meet the U.S. fuel economy standards. We staked out our position within the Midterm Evaluation of standards set for vehicles to be sold during model years (MY) 2022 to 2025.