The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently announced that a new announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will help everyone save gas, save cash and help cut pollution. The announcement, that the EPA and DOT plan on an overhaul of fuel economy labels for cars and light trucks (for the first time in 30 years) comes as no surprise since passenger cars and trucks are the cause of around 44% of all U.S. oil consumption and causes 20% of the pollution causing climate change right now.
EDF encourages Americans to view the proposed new labels and offer their comments.
According to EDF, "EPA and DOT are proposing two different label designs and are gathering public input on the choices. The proposed new labels would have expanded information for car buyers, including ratings on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. One of the proposals would feature a letter grade based on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance, and an estimate of cost savings at the gas pump over five years compared with the average gasoline powered vehicle.The goal is to make it easier for consumers to compare all types of vehicles, including new technologies like electric vehicles, and to help buyers make more informed choices when they're shopping for new passenger cars or trucks."
(Washington D.C. – August 30, 2010 - EDF)