In a bipartisan compromise, the Senate has passed a bill to increase the fleetwide fuel economy standards (or CAFE) so that model year 2020 cars will achieve 35 miles per gallon. The Ten-in-Ten bill translates into an increase of 10 mpg over 10 years.
It also means that as a country, we would save 1.2 million barrels of oil each day by 2020. The legislation would also make a hearty cut into carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector – 233 million metric tons a year.
As part of the compromise, the Senate Democrats dropped the requirement for automakers to increase the standard by 4 percent each year after 2020. Regardless, the Senate’s support for more stringent CAFE standards is a first step in the right direction.
News articles on the energy legislation are abundant, but for more analysis on the fuel economy component, see the Union of Concerned Scientists’ webpage (keeping in mind that most of their quantitative analysis is pre-compromise). Climate Progress also has a history of discussion on the political clatter, including the auto industry’s disinformation campaign.
Wishing the bill the best of luck in the House…