U.S.A. Comes in Last In MPG Race

While fuel economy standards in the United States have remained flat, the rest of the industrialized world has taken action. In Japan, cars are required to get more than 45 miles per gallon. In Europe, more than 40 mpg. China, Australia and Canada, more than 30 miles mpg.

Published: 30-May-2007

THE United States is last in the industrialized world when it comes to auto fuel efficiency. In this country of innovation, we're behind Japan, Europe, China, Australia and Canada.

This matters, a lot. For every gallon of gas burned, a car produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contribute to global warming. The United States is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

So if Americans want to be serious about reducing carbon dioxide emissions, we need to get serious about improving the fuel efficiency of our cars.

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