Gas mileage boost could fuel economy

POLITICO
May. 23, 2012

Republicans are now seeking to create jobs, strengthen national security and boost economic growth. Improving the gas mileage on our cars and trucks can help us do all of them.

So Republicans should embrace a proposal, expected to be finalized this summer, to raise national fuel-efficiency standards to an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. It could spur economic growth, help American families, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our national security.

I advocated for better gas mileage throughout the 24 years I spent on the House Science Committee. But the situation we find ourselves in — with Americans feeling pain at the gas pump while Middle East unrest causes oil price swings — underlines the fact that shackling ourselves to the world oil market is not good for the nation.

Cars and light trucks are America’s single largest consumers of oil, so their role in our conundrum is clear. Raising fuel economy standards is the single most significant step we could take to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, protect our economy and our environment and help consumers.