Federal efforts to set tougher fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for cars received a real boost this morning as eight governors endorsed a 60 mpg fuel economy standard for cars by 2025. (Their call came in a letter from the governors of New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. We understand that New York Governor David Paterson’s people originated this letter.)
As you may know, the US EPA and Transportation Departments today are expected to announce plans to move ahead with tougher fuel economy standards for 2017-2025 model year cars, though the actual level of the standards has yet to be determined.
These governors are urging the Obama administration to act boldly to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our demand for oil. (Their position is aligned with those of environmental groups, but, frankly, I think this position carries more weight when coming from governors.) The governors also support a related effort to reduce greenhouse gases from heavy trucks.
So let’s give a real round of applause to these forward-thinking governors. While Congress has basically imploded on the energy issue, the governors may give the Obama administration a much-needed jumpstart to make real progress.