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Posted on Jul 29, 2011
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Washington did get something done this week. President Obama and major American automakers on Friday reached an agreement that raises the average fuel economy of passenger cars to more than 54 miles per gallon by 2025.

Today, new cars are averaging a bit more than 28 mpg, and in order to reach the mark by 2025, new cars will have to average about 34 mpg in just five years.

Although making such goals may be a step in the right direction, does it go far enough? —BF

greentechmedia:

The new mandate means:

—$1.7 trillion. That’s the estimated amount of money that Americans will save from 2011 through 2025 on gas because of the new rules, the White House estimates. Put another way, you’ll save $8,000 over the life of your car on fuel costs.

—12 billion. The total number of barrels of oil we won’t consume.

—2.2 million per day. The total number of barrels of oil a day we won’t consume in 2025. The U.S. now consumes around 21 million barrels a day so this would represent a 10.5 percent reduction from today’s figures. The White House states that 2.2 million barrels of oil a day constitutes around half of the oil we get from OPEC on a daily basis.

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By rend`, July 30, 2011 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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Sadly,, WAY TOO LITTLE TOO LATE?

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By christian96, July 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

This is more propaganda to placate the masses. If
allowed to develop, electric cars should be here
by 2025.  However, if OPEC and Washington have their
way it will be a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time before we
see electric cars.  It is reasonable to assume that
OPEC and Washington will have their way.  American
oil companies and OPEC have made “big bucks” over
wars, especially in the Middle East.  Does anyone
know how much money the Pentagon has made from Uncle
Sam to keep it’s war machine gunning down women,
children, and senior citizens in the last decade?
Would it be enough to balance the budget in Washington?

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