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2011 Economists Letter on Clean Car Standards and Oil Dependence

On June 7, 2011, over 100 economists sent a letter urging the Obama administration and California officials to set strong global warming pollution and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks through 2025.

In the letter sent to three agencies charged with establishing the standards for new cars and light trucks built between 2017-2025, 114 economists from across the country—including Nobel Laureate and Stanford University economist Kenneth Arrow—said that setting strong standards would provide a defense for drivers against volatile gasoline prices, noting that the United States sends $1 billion every day to foreign countries for oil.

The three agencies released proposed standards in late 2011 that would reduce U.S. global warming pollution by 290 million metric tons in 2030, the equivalent of taking more than 40 million of today’s typical cars and trucks off the road for an entire year. They would also nearly double fuel efficiency standards to around 50 miles per gallon.

Download a PDF of the 2011 Economists Letter on Clean Car Standards and Oil Dependence to view the letter with the full list of signatories.

For more information on the benefits of strong auto pollution and fuel efficiency standards, visit the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Car Standards Resource Center.

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