Last updated on 2014.12.22
Sierra Club exec Michael Brune digs President Barack Obama's newly announced auto fuel efficiency standard. 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025?! Holy cow, so do I! Even the Prius will have to work harder to meet that ambitious goal.
Gripe and moan about the cost of the new fuel-saving technology it will take to make this happen. Brune notes that even with such costs, drivers will save $8000 over the lifetime of their new gas-sippers. (Of course, DeLorean should render this calculation moot in three years, when the electric model 8.0 should come standard with Mr. Fusion.)
The captains of automotive industry support President Obama's fuel efficiency goal (except for Daimler and Volkswagen? Come on, VW: don't make me trade in my Bug!) The United Autoworkers cheer the standard, too, saying it will create 570,000 jobs by 2030. Heck, that's probably 569,000 more permanent jobs than we would get from the Keystone XL pipeline... which the UAW sensibly opposed.
Speaking of Keystone XL, that pipeline is suppose to deliver 900,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil across the American prairie each day. Its predecessing pipeline, Keystone 1, hauls something like 500,000 barrels a day of that toxic sludge through our heartland. That's 1.4 million barrels a day.
President Barack Obama's fuel efficiency standards will save Americans 3.1 million barrels of oil per day. We could shut off Keystone 1 and cancel Keystone XL twice. Or we could just stop importing any oil from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iraq, Russia, and Kuwait.
Now what's that you're saying tonight, Republicans, about the need for "courage" and "bold" policies? Better fuel efficiency sure doesn't seem like a way that President Obama is "holding us back." Mitt Romney wants to hold us back from this progress. Making America stronger and safer through smarter technology isn't "lost hope"; it is America's story of dreaming big and saying, "Yes We Can!"
Oh yeah: and less carbon emissions means less ocean acidification, which means more oysters. President Obama has something for everyone.