New Fuel Efficiency Rules a Win for Wildlife

Widely-Welcomed Standards Still Face Extremist Political Attack

LizardPresident Obama is set to unveil a framework for new car and light truck fuel efficiency standards on Friday. The new standards would raise fuel efficiency standards to a 54.5 miles per gallon equivalent by 2025, resulting in a dramatic reduction in America’s oil dependence and carbon pollution.

"Whether you’re a commuter in a compact car or a sportsman who needs a pickup truck, every American deserves to access to the most fuel-efficient, technologically-advanced vehicles that save them money, cut pollution, and deliver great performance," said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. "These rules are an important step toward reducing our billion-dollar-a-day addiction to imported oil, money that stronger fuel efficiency standards will keep at home to invest in job creation here in America."

However, the fiscal year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill as currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives would block the agreement on the new fuel efficiency standards. The rider is just one of many political attacks on wildlife, air, water and public health in the bill.

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