Press Release ● Energy and the Environment
For Immediate Release: 
May 19, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement applauding the Obama Administration’s announcement today of a new national standard for vehicle fuel efficiency and automobile emissions.
“By announcing a new national standard to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and cut emissions, President Obama has moved us a significant step closer to achieving energy independence and curbing the greenhouse gases polluting our air and contributing to global warming.
“The establishment of a single national standard aimed at increasing gas mileage and reducing harmful emissions will have a myriad of benefits.  Consumers and businesses will pay less to fuel their cars and trucks. Automakers will have clarity on meeting one consistent standard rather than a diversity of regulations. And with a projected savings of 1.8 billion barrels of oil, we will make significant progress in breaking our reliance on foreign oil and combating global warming.
“This action, coupled with comprehensive energy legislation moving through Congress, will truly be transformational in building a clean energy economy and putting America on an expedited path to energy independence.”