Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on proposed fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which were released by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
“Confronting global warming remains one of our most pressing challenges, and making sure vehicles get better mileage is a major part of the solution. These proposed standards will reduce fuel costs by $170 billion, decrease oil intake by 1.8 billion barrels and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1 billion metric tons. These standards are a win-win-win, as our economy, energy security and environment all stand to benefit.
“Fuel economy standards for heavy trucks were first required by the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act. The legislation—which I authored with Senator Olympia Snowe in 2007—requires the administration to set the ‘maximum feasible’ standards. The Obama administration deserves credit for strongly implementing the program and, in doing so, diminishing our carbon footprint.”