Today, the average new vehicle gets a little over 25 miles per gallon. But new, stronger fuel economy standards were recently approved that would raise efficiency to about 40 average mpg by 2025. However, these standards are at risk of being reversed as big oil companies are challenging these standards despite clear benefits for consumers. Less fuel efficiency means consumers pay more at the pump, and oil company profits rise. In fact, a Consumer Reports study shows they save consumers $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck. Consumers Union believes the existing 2025 fuel economy standards are achievable and will provide important value for consumers across vehicle type. Learn more about how higher fuel economy is a win-win for consumers.
In 2015, EPA has issued rules to significantly cut carbon emissions from the power sector, which currently contributes about 30% of the total carbon pollution in the U.S. These rules, called the Clean Power Plan, give states flexibility in reducing emissions, so each state can make their own choices about cleaning up the air and delivering consumer benefits. While recent court actions have slowed implementation of the plan, state across the country can continue to make progress toward a clean energy future. Learn more about the Clean Power Plan, how states are taking action and how you can support their efforts.