A bipartisan bill was introduced on Tuesday to raise the average fuel economy from 25 mpg to 35 mpg by the model year 2017. If implemented, the Senators expect to save 2.5 million barrels of oil per day and 420 milliion tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today continued his drive for better fuel economy in cars and trucks, calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to raise the average fuel economy for all vehicles. Durbin joined with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) in introducing the “Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act” to raise the average fuel economy standards for all vehicles, including SUVs and sedans, from 25 miles per gallon (mpg) to 35 mpg by model year 2017.
As part of the bill, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would need to update its testing to reflect actual fuel economy.
Durbin also pointed out a recent study by the Environmental Law and Policy Center whichconcluded that at $3 per gallon, cars and trucks that average 30% better mpg would save Illinoisans $3.6 billion on gasoline costs annually. Such savings could lead to new jobs and economic growth in other sectors of the economy.