for Fuel Economy Standards
When Saudi Arabia threatens to weaponize its oil production, the U.S. cannot afford to brush off this warning by overestimating the potential of shale to cover the shortfalls.
Cars today are more efficient, more durable, safer, and have better features than ever before, and higher prices are simply not that high once adjusted for inflation and compared to price increases of other consumer goods.
The aim of the NOPEC legislation is to consider ways to take action to hold OPEC accountable for its anti-competitive behavior.
The auto industry is reportedly conveying to the administration that it wants to seek a compromise with California in order to avoid two different fuel economy standards.
Credits provide flexibility, reduce compliance costs, and were intended to allow the auto industry to deal with shocks like the plunge in gasoline prices and ensuing shift to SUVs that began in 2014.
Modernized fuel-efficiency standards have been a cornerstone of energy policy since the 1970s, reducing the negative effects of petrostates on the U.S. economy.
The geopolitical events of today are a perfect reminder of why the country must not come to an impasse over fuel efficiency standards.
Lost in the albeit important discussion of the environmental benefits of CAFE is the pivotal role that they have played in reducing U.S. oil consumption and putting the nation on a path to making the rare transition from being a net importer of oil to being a net exporter.
The UAE recently announced that it rolled out draft standards for fuel economy in order to reduce emissions. This action follows the emirate's Gulf neighbor Saudi Arabia, which implemented similar measures earlier this year.
Instead of achieving the original, headline-grabbing efficiency target of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), the fleet of new vehicles sold in 2025 is likely to clock-in at more like 50 mpg. And even that target depends on fuel prices over the next decade—with oil prices needing to approach $100 per barrel by 2025 to keep efficiency above 50 mpg.