Our country’s 286 million passenger vehicles are a major contributor to climate pollution. Right now, there’s an important opportunity to make vehicles cleaner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing new federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles sold in 2027 and beyond.
Since they were established by Congress in 1975, these fuel economy standards have saved more than two trillion gallons of gasoline. Even as we move to electric vehicles, millions more gasoline-powered vehicles will be sold in the coming decade. These gasoline vehicles must be as efficient as possible. And because 70% of car sales are used car sales, and purchasers of used cars often spend a higher share of their total income on gasoline and transportation, having efficient options becomes even more important for low and moderate income drivers.
Strong fuel economy standards have the power to:
- spur the economy by saving consumers money at the pump;
- reduce oil use and increase our energy security;
- drive down vehicle pollution, protecting public health; and
- make progress in addressing the climate crisis and protecting our Sacred Earth
It is the moral responsibility of our nation and our sacred task as people of faith and conscience to address the climate crisis. Each of your comments helps ensure we get the strongest rules possible.