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March 11, 2011 

Obama Emphasizes Fuel Efficiency in Press Conference on Energy Costs

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2011) -- President Obama held a press conference today where he addressed rising fuel prices and the administration’s plan to tackle the nation’s long-term energy challenges. Below is a statement by Jim Kliesch, research director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“President Obama reminded us today that we cannot drill our way out of high fuel prices. As he noted, even if we tapped all our domestic supplies, we still consume far more than we could ever produce. The best way to end our nation’s addiction to oil is to improve how we use it, and we’re pleased that the president is committed to that goal, including boosting vehicle fuel efficiency.”

“The president can help provide real savings for American consumers by moving ahead with strong fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicles built from 2017 to 2025. The nation’s vehicle fleet could average as much as 60 miles-per-gallon, which could save American drivers up to $7,700 over the vehicle’s lifetime at $3.50 per gallon -- after accounting for the cost of new fuel-efficient technology.

“The House is considering a bill that could threaten stronger fuel efficiency by stopping the EPA from working with the Department of Transportation, California and automakers to develop these cost-saving standards. President Obama himself said earlier this year that this collaboration would provide certainty for the auto industry, save consumers money at the pump, reduce oil consumption, and clean up the air. The president should protect consumers and the environment by making sure the EPA can do its job.”


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