UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.
Obama said helping these vehicles use less fuel would have the triple benefit of making the U.S. less dependent on imported oil, keeping more money in consumer pockets and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
“It’s not just a win-win. It’s a win-win-win,” Obama said at a Maryland distribution center for Safeway.
Heavy-duty trucks make up just 4 percent of the vehicles on the nation’s roadways, he said, but are responsible for about 20 percent of the climate-changing gases that are spewed into the atmosphere by the transportation sector.
Industry groups were generally supportive of the plan for the new standards, which would take effect with the 2018 vehicle model year.
“The development of these new standards continues to demonstrate meaningful progress between government and industry,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, chief executive officer of Con-way Inc., the third-biggest U.S. freight company. “This collaborative approach will result in realistic, achievable goals and an effective regulatory framework.”
The American Trucking Association urged the government to proceed cautiously. ATA President Bill Graves said his group supported an earlier round of efficiency standards and “hopes the administration will set forth a path that is both based on the best science and research available and economically achievable.”
This report includes material from Bloomberg News.