The Sierra Club Launches MPG Calculator

Almost simultaneously with it's lawsuit against the US government over fuel economy standards, the Sierra Club is launching a MPG Calculator that tells you how much gas, money and CO2 emissions you would save if current technology was used to meet higher fuel economy standards. Check it out and forward it to friends and family so that they can see how much more efficient their cars could be if automakers used current technology for fuel efficiency (instead of putting it all into the horsepower war). You can also learn more about the Sierra Club's Clean Car Campaign and sign a petition for higher fuel economy. ::MPG CalculatorFrom the Sierra Club's press release:

The lawsuit announced today alleges that the Bush administration recently announced light truck fuel economy standards run counter to law. These standards could raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for SUVs, pickup trucks, and other light trucks by a paltry 1.8 miles per gallon by 2011 at best, and may actually erode the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the United States—actually increasing our dependence on oil. This action is clearly much less than is both economically feasible and possible with existing technology— a violation of the law's "maximum feasible" provision. According to the Bush administration's own estimates, these new standards will save less than two weeks worth of oil over the lifetime of these vehicles. The Sierra Club believes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) — the Bush administration agency responsible for setting fuel economy standards — failed to follow the law by setting fuel economy standards below the technically feasible level. The Sierra Club joins ten states and other environmental groups in challenging the new standards. [...]

"If automakers used existing technology to make our cars average 40mpg, Americans would save over $100 billion dollars a year," said Dan Becker. [...]

By raising CAFE standards to 40 miles per gallon, we'd save 3 million barrels of oil a day. That's more than our daily fix from the Persian Gulf and the comparatively minuscule amount that we'd ever hope to get from drilling in the Arctic Refuge or off our coasts, combined. If we'd raised CAFE standards in 1990, when Congress voted it down, we'd be using a little more than half the gas we are today.

But if you want some serious efficiency, walk or take your bike.

Thanks to Heidi from the Sierra Club for the tip.

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