Efficiency is the key to lowering fuel costs

May 13, 2011

A recent article ("Demand, not speculation, cited for rising oil prices," May 8) underscored the need to build cars and trucks that guzzle less gas. In the coming months, President Obama has an opportunity to break our oil dependence, save Marylanders money at the gas pump, and cut dangerous emissions by setting strong new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and trucks.

Transportation accounts for more than half of the oil Americans use, so making more efficient cars and trucks is the easiest way to save Marylanders money on gas while reducing our oil dependence. Requiring new cars and light trucks to meet a 60 mile-per-gallon standard by 2025 would save Marylanders $1.9 billion at the pump while cutting Maryland's oil use by 841 million gallons in 2030.

The Obama administration confirms scientific analysis that we can cost-effectively make cars that meet a 60 mile-per-gallon standard the norm and not the exception. The president should seize this opportunity to put American ingenuity to work by calling for cars and light trucks to meet a 60 mile-per-gallon standard by 2025. Marylanders cannot afford for him not to.

Tommy Landers, Baltimore

The writer is a policy advocate with Environment Maryland.

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