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TODAY: We Can’t Wait: Transportation Secretary LaHood and EPA Administrator Jackson to Discuss Historic Proposed Fuel Economy Standards/ National program for light duty vehicles will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump, $8,000 per vehicle by 2025

Release Date: 11/16/2011
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, jones.enesta@epa.gov, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355 Cathy Milbourn, milbourn.cathy@epa.gov, 202-564-7849, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will hold a telephone press briefing at 2:30 p.m. EDT, today, Wednesday, November 16, to discuss the next phase in the Obama Administration’s national program to improve fuel economy and curb pollution. The proposal issued by USDOT and EPA today will set stronger fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas pollution standards for model year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.

When combined with other historic steps this administration has taken to increase energy efficiency, today’s announcement will save Americans more than $1.7 trillion at the pump and an average of more than $8,000 per vehicle by 2025; reduce America’s dependence on oil by an estimated 12 billion barrels and reduce oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels per day by 2025 (enough to offset almost a quarter of the current level of our foreign oil imports); and slash 6 billion metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the programs.


WHO: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy

WHAT: Telephone Press Briefing on Proposed Fuel Economy and Pollution Reduction Standards for model years 2017-2025 Light Vehicles

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HOW: To participate, members of the news media should use the following dial-in information:
Call in number: 888-539-8821 and provide the conference ID # 28779254