Senators Reach Agreement on Improved Fuel Efficiency Standard

Agreement would raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 36 miles per gallon (mpg) for both passenger cars and light trucks.

Published: 09-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2002 (ENS) - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Republican John McCain of Arizona, agreed Wednesday on a plan to increase the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks sold in the United States. The measure, an amendment to the Senate energy bill, is likely to face stiff opposition when reviewed by the full Senate next week.

The agreement would raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 36 miles per gallon (mpg) for both passenger cars and light trucks. Under the measure, each automaker would have to achieve this fuel efficiency, averaged across the company's entire fleet, by 2015.

Raising CAFE standards from their current level of 27.mpg for cars, and 20.7 mpg for light trucks, could save up to one million barrels of oil per day- as much as the nation now imports from Iraq and Kuwait combined - and cut 240 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution per year.

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