U.S. Must Tighten Car Fuel Efficiency Standards
U.S. drivers would save millions of dollars in gasoline costs this Memorial Day weekend if the federal government had required stricter fuel efficiency for minivans, sport utility vehicles (SUV) and regular cars, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) said.
With U.S. oil production steadily declining and OPEC hard-pressed to supply enough crude to calm markets, some energy experts say the Bush administration should turn to reducing America's gasoline consumption over the long term as way to cut into oil imports and lower petroleum prices.
Increasing the fuel economy of new vehicles is critical to reach that goal, according to the consumer group.
"This is the biggest single step we can take to cut America's oil dependence, save consumers money at the gas pump and curb global warming tailpipe emissions," PIRG said in a new report on fuel use.