New CAFE average will make economy more stable and create new jobs
With election-year headlines trumpeting deep political divisions nationwide and partisan paralysis in Washington, the last thing you might expect to see is a major change in federal energy policy.
Yet, that is exactly what is about to happen-with the support of automakers and unions, national security leaders and consumer groups, and a host of other backers on the right and left of America’s political chasm. Any day now, the U.S. will finalize a federal fuel-economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by the year 2025, one that was largely agreed upon earlier this year.
Why has this effort attracted broad support where so many other worthy efforts have fallen prey to partisan bickering? I think the number one reason is that the vast majority of Americans, no matter their political leanings, understand that our nation’s dependence on oil is a serious problem that must be addressed now.
Sherwood “Sherry” Boehlert is a Republican and former Congressman, representing Central New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 terms.