Give cleaner cars a boost in Washington

Clean car technology and infrastructure ("Annapolis electric-vehicle charging business grows," Oct. 5) brings benefits to local businesses. Cleaner cars help our economy and our environment and mean consumer savings at the pump as more fuel efficient vehicles — and vehicles that don't use any gasoline at all — become the norm rather than the exception.

The Obama administration has outlined strong new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in 2017 through 2025. These standards will save Americans over $80 billion at the gas pump annually by 2030, and would cut gasoline use by as much as 23 billion gallons per year.

These standards will also be the single largest step the U.S. has taken to get off oil and cut global warming pollution. Meeting these fuel efficiency standards will cut annual emissions of global warming pollution by as much as 280 million metric tons.

In order to save Marylanders the most at the pump, we must ensure that the 2017-2025 standards are as strong as possible. Citizens can voice their thoughts on the standards in a public comment period this fall and encourage the Obama administration to keep this rule strong, ensuring vast economic and environmental savings for all of us.

Sarah Bucci, Baltimore

The writer is a field organizer for Environment Maryland.

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Thankful for Obama's climate efforts
    Thankful for Obama's climate efforts

    The carbon emissions with which we humans pollute our atmosphere threaten to cause monumental environmental problems ("Climate breakthrough," Nov. 12). We here in the U.S. are among the worst offenders. Yet many in Congress are content to ignore this problem in pursuit of short term economic...

  • Snow falls, climate changes
    Snow falls, climate changes

    For those who have found the cold, snowy winter of 2014-2015 more than mildly irritating and the words, "be grateful you don't live in Boston" insufficiently comforting, today's snowfall may have pushed you over the edge. Not only because it shut down schools, governments and businesses and...

  • Holding one's breath, GOP style
    Holding one's breath, GOP style

    Last month, the Obama administration announced tougher Clean Air Act rules intended to reduce ground-level ozone, the chief component of the smog that plagues the Baltimore-Washington area and much of the nation. With at least half the pollution blowing into Maryland from the burning of...

  • If conservatives support Israel, they should fight climate change
    If conservatives support Israel, they should fight climate change

    Paul Jaskunas argues climate action fails because environmentalists don't appeal to conservatives' values ("Acknowledging climate change in GOP's best interest," Nov. 26).

  • Last gasp for climate change denial?
    Last gasp for climate change denial?

    Editor's note: This editorial has been updated to reflect that Resources for the Future is not a part of Stanford University. The Sun regrets the error. 

  • Climate breakthrough
    Climate breakthrough

    The deal made by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama to limit greenhouse gases from those two nations represents the most significant action in the fight against climate change in years. Suddenly, it appears international progress is possible in combating one of the most...

  • GDP must consider environmental costs
    GDP must consider environmental costs

    The Sun's recent editorial about the GOP's intention to gut the EPA's authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions touches on an important economic issue ("Holding one's breath, GOP-style," Dec. 9).

  • Smog limits are badly needed
    Smog limits are badly needed

    Maryland has the worst air on the East Coast and highest premature death rate in the nation. National Academy of Sciences data suggest that health impacts resulting from fossil fuels cost $73 per household per month in Maryland and are a drag on the economy. Yet conservative deniers and their...

Comments
Loading