'Real World' Mileage Standards Urged By US Group

The Environmental Working Group said realistic fuel-efficiency standards could save 710 million barrels of oil annually.

Published: 14-Jul-2006

WASHINGTON - Forcing automakers to meet mileage standards based on "real world" driving conditions could help Americans buy less gasoline and reduce dependence on foreign oil, an environmental group said in a report to be released today.

The Environmental Working Group, a private, non-profit scientific-research center, said realistic fuel-efficiency standards could save 710 million barrels of oil annually.

That's equivalent to 20 percent of the oil the United States imported last year, according to the study. It's also 33 billion gallons of gasoline that consumers wouldn't have to purchase, the group said.

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