The road to fuel choice leads through the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and state capitol domes. Breaking the oil monopoly will require a combination of federal and state policies; widely available fuels and the cars to run them; and, finally, an educated and willing consumer base.
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We’re at a critical phase that will determine the future of fuels in the U.S.
The Trump administration announced in the spring of 2018 that the existing standards for future light-duty vehicles cars were too restrictive. It recommended freezing the Obama-era standards at 2020 levels. But that proposal isn’t set in stone.
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.
They also save consumers money:
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.
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Today, there are approximately 1.1 billion light-duty vehicles in use around the world. About 1.2 million, or 0.1 percent of the global fleet, are all-electric or plug-in hybrids. More than 1 billion of those vehicles run on gasoline and diesel-powered internal combustion engines.
And here’s one of the major ways we’ve been pursuing that goal: