In the first major increase in vehicle fuel economy standards since 1975, the Obama Administration recently announced it will raise standards to 35.5 mpg by 2016. This is an important victory for our environment and economy. Making our cars more efficient is the most significant single action we can take to reduce greenhouse emissions, protect our planet, and save consumers billions on fuel costs.
This increase in the national standard is a product of the leadership of 13 states, including New Jersey, where we've been working towards clean cars for years. Decades of inaction on the federal level motivated California to pass the first state greenhouse gas standards. New Jersey followed suit in 2004, recognizing that increased standards would drastically reduce global warming pollution, make our nation's automakers more competitive, and save us billions of dollars on gasoline.