NRDC: Biden puts fuel savings in driver’s seat


WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released new fuel economy standards that will save drivers money at the pump while reducing our dependence on petroleum.

The announcement comes as soaring gasoline prices due to Russia’s war in Ukraine are hitting consumers hard and drawing renewed attention to the need to reduce America’s dependence on oil. Fuel economy improvements have saved more than 2 trillion gallons of gasoline since 1975, enough to run every car and light truck in the United States for more than 15 years.

Here is a statement from Luke Tonachel, director of clean vehicles and fuels at the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“The Biden administration is putting fuel economy in the driver’s seat. These standards will reduce our dependence on petroleum and save drivers money at the pump. Indeed, advances in technology, energy savings and the benefits to consumers justify even stricter standards.

“The only way to escape the volatility of global energy markets is to reduce our dependence on oil. More efficient vehicles are already saving drivers hundreds of dollars a year and setting the United States on the path to true energy independence.

“These new standards will mean less trips to the gas station, more money in drivers’ pockets – and less money handed over to petro-dictators.”

New NRDC factsheet details driver savings from cleaner, more efficient vehicles: The average household with a new vehicle saves an estimated $630 to $840 at the pump each year from savings gains of fuel since 2006.


The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.


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