In 2009, the United States changed the standards for automobile miles per gallon. By the year 2016, cars, pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles are required to get 35.5 miles per gallon. This was an increase of 42 percent compared to current United States’ vehicle policy. The United States is expected to announce new standards for vehicles between 2017 and 2025 in the near future.
Due to this expected announcement, multiple environmental groups are urging the Obama administration to significantly increase the miles per gallon standard. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union for Concerned Scientists are joining more than a dozen other groups to urge President Obama to increase the standard to 60 miles per gallon.
The groups would like to see the miles per gallon standard in place by the year 2025. The reason for the urging by the groups is in order to reduce overall pollution and oil use in the U.S.. According to the groups, they would like to see a reduction of 50 billion gallons of oil each year and at least 500 metric tons of carbon emissions yearly.
Currently, vehicles in the United States account for at least twenty percent of carbon emissions. These vehicles also consume 44 percent of all the oil the U.S. uses each year. Imposing stricter miles per gallon standards would be expected to put a significant dent in each category.
Regardless of these urgings, the Obama administration has not indicated as to how they are going to change the mpg standards. The administration will be announcing the new standards for both miles per gallon and emissions required for all vehicles to be sold in the United States between 2017 and 2025. The environmental groups believe the goal of achieving 60 mpg is highly possible due to many vehicles currently on the market today already having surpassed the new 2016 standards.