President Barack Obama has unveiled a plan to reduce American dependence on foreign oil, curtail pollution, and cut costs for drivers by developing more fuel-efficient cars. The program will bring together stakeholders to discuss and agree upon a program and set of standards.The administration expects automakers to be swayed by new incentives, start producing more sustainable and efficient vehicles, and create new jobs by teaming up with companies in the clean-energy sector and in advanced battery manufacturing.
The program is expected to nearly double the average gas mileage and save each family $8200 in fuel costs for each car bought in 2025. On the environmental front, the program would save 12 billion barrels of oil and keep 6 billion metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
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This plan is an ambitious and progressive step toward a sustainable future. The Obama administration is talking the talk, but will it walk the walk?
By Jenny Cheng, 2011 Human Impacts Institute Climate and Coalition Building Intern