Full Title: The Energy Paradox and the Future of Fuel Economy Regulation
Author(s): James M. Sallee
Publisher(s): Institute for Policy Integrity
Publication Date: 12/2011
Length: 16 pages, PDF
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In November 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a joint proposal to increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, which is roughly double the 28.5 miles per gallon average of vehicles sold in 2009. This proposal builds on existing rules that raise fuel economy significantly between 2012 and 2016. The personal transportation sector accounts for roughly half of petroleum consumption and one-fifth of all greenhouse gases in the United States. Doubling fuel economy therefore promises to dramatically reduce our nation’s demand for oil and shrink its carbon footprint.