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Obama sets fuel-efficiency goal: 54.5 mpg by 2025

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/29/MNS81KGSRJ.DTL

Sacramento --

Fuel efficiency of automobiles in the United States will increase dramatically under an agreement reached by the federal government, auto manufacturers and the state of California that was announced by President Obama on Friday.

The agreement requires that cars and light-duty trucks achieve an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon that is mandated by 2016, and came after close collaboration with California environmental officials.

"This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we've ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said President Obama in a statement. "We've set an aggressive target and the companies are stepping up to the plate."

Officials at the California Air Resources Board, a key player in the negotiations, said the state will agree to the same standards, though California retains its authority to implement stricter standards.

The new requirement will save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and result in an average savings of $8,000 per vehicle, according to federal officials. Additionally, it will reduce oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels per day by 2025. Currently, the United States imports 9.1 million barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Praise from Brown

State officials praised the agreement. Gov. Jerry Brown called it, "A banner day with this announcement, because it marks a complete reversal from what we were facing just a few years ago when California was engaged in multiple lawsuits in different states" with oil and auto companies.

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air Resources Board, called the agreement a "major step" because "the auto industry is at the table now and recognizes the need to move forward and set goals that are really far in advance of anything they've admitted they could do."

Thirteen auto manufacturers, which account for 90 percent of vehicles sold in the United States, agreed to the standard. They are Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo.
'Ambitious' goal

James Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., called the goal "ambitious" but said the company would meet it.

"Obviously, there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to how the market will respond and what vehicle technologies consumers will embrace, which is why we are rolling out and testing a range of alternative fuel options," Lentz said in a statement.

While auto manufacturers have for years resisted government efforts to increase fuel economy, the auto industry bailout by the federal government in 2008 and 2009 in part required better fuel efficiency and strengthened the federal government's hand in pushing for the higher standards.

The fuel economy standard is an average for a fleet of cars, which means that the actual miles per gallon for some vehicles will be lower because fleets also include electric cars and other vehicles that will far exceed the standard. The average vehicle at a dealership is likely to be closer to 40 miles per gallon, though that is double the average today.
Potential loophole

One potential loophole in the agreement is a midterm review of the standard in 2018 to assess whether the goal is still achievable. Roland Hwang, transportation director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that if automakers use the next several years leading up to the review to fight the standard, then it could be in trouble.

"Really, we're going to find out over the next seven years how much the auto industry has transformed itself," Hwang said.

He said Friday's announcement can be traced directly to a 2002 California law that regulated greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. That law prompted a long legal fight, though the state eventually prevailed. The federal government invited the state to be part of the negotiations.

"Without California, there is no agreement. Without California, there is no 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard," he said.

The president has called for a proposed rule to be drafted by Sept. 30 with a final rule on the standard in July 2012. The state Air Resources Board will release its proposal in late September, and it will be considered at November's board meeting, said Stanley Young, spokesman for the board.


I thought it was interesting :dno:
 

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Why there arent cars that run by water? Because the whole automobile companies would do less money + less dependence on fossil oil ....
 

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Jigga said:
Why there arent cars that run by water? Because the whole automobile companies would do less money + less dependence on fossil oil ....
i swear this was what obama promised to look into but meh
 

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Jigga said:
Why there arent cars that run by water? Because the whole automobile companies would do less money + less dependence on fossil oil ....
It's going to take some time to manufacture cars that run on water, if it's even possible. Even so, cars running on water is a waste of a valuable resource imo.
 

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I watched this really interesting doc last night called Gashole..

I guess some dude invented a car back in the mid 90s that could get 100 miles to the gallon, but Shell bought the patents from him and the dude was found dead in the desert
 

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So what gas is gonna cost like 8 dollars a gallon so it wouldnt be any different than now
It would for me, that's almost $10/weekly buying gas. Shit is ridiculous, I'm going to start riding a bike or something.
 

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I watched this really interesting doc last night called Gashole..

I guess some dude invented a car back in the mid 90s that could get 100 miles to the gallon, but Shell bought the patents from him and the dude was found dead in the desert
what the fuck D:
 

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taylOVOr said:
I watched this really interesting doc last night called Gashole..

I guess some dude invented a car back in the mid 90s that could get 100 miles to the gallon, but Shell bought the patents from him and the dude was found dead in the desert
:wom:
holy fuck
 

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taylOVOr said:
I watched this really interesting doc last night called Gashole..

I guess some dude invented a car back in the mid 90s that could get 100 miles to the gallon, but Shell bought the patents from him and the dude was found dead in the desert
Omg
 

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The dudes name was Tom Ogle btw....

I guess these gas companies have bought up all these patents to alternative fuel and shit.
It also talked about how after katrina and shit...they raised the prices of gas.... but for no reason, their was no shortage of gas or anything. And then they all reported HUUUGE year ending profits
 
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