In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized historic fuel-efficiency regulations for new cars and trucks. The new regulations put car manufacturers on a path to essentially double the average fuel economy of vehicles by 2025. The EPA and NHTSA developed these standards after much discussion, debate and input from a variety of stakeholders.

Today, the auto industry is, on average, meeting and in some cases exceeding the standards, which are expected to save consumers more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs. At the same time, auto sales reached record levels in 2015, spurring economic development and confirming that increased fuel efficiency standards are not hurting dealers or manufacturers.

As The EPA and NHTSA conduct a mid-term evaluation process of these regulations, they must not weaken them. For the sake of our environment and our future generations, we must continue making progress on fuel efficiency.

Shane McNear

Vassalboro


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