Do you exercise as much as you can squeeze into your busy life? Do you eat fresh fruits and veggies on a somewhat frequent basis? Are you a non-smoker? Answer yes to all three of these questions and - although your chances are improved - you are still not guaranteed to have a healthy future. It turns out, if you give a hoot about your health, the 2025 fuel economy standards may be the best return on investment you have seen in a while. As the Fresno Bee reports below: "In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle mile traveled, higher fuel economy standards reduce emissions that cause smog and other pollution dangerous to human health, especially in young children, the elderly, and persons with asthma or other forms of impaired lung function. The benefits show up not only in better public health but also in the economic benefits of decreased health care costs..." says Tseming Yang, a professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and a former deputy general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency. Advocating for higher fuel economy standards should no longer be left to your political representatives. In fact, these are matters that should concern you and your doctor. Achieving the 54.5 mileage standard is a crucial piece in the government's efforts to address climate change and air pollution. Help tie health care into this discussion and join Climate for Health today.
By Tsemig Yang I May 14, 2015
When the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly adopted a 54.5 mpg standard in 2012 as part of a package of fuel economy standards for model year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light duty trucks, carmakers overwhelmingly supported the regulations.
At the time, regulators expected that consumers would save on average $8,000 in fuel costs for each new 2025 vehicle. Fuel price fluctuations since then have lowered expected savings. Yet, to conclude that the standards have suddenly become a bad deal for the economy and motorists would be a mistake for at least two reasons.
First, in the long run, fuel prices are still expected to rise, at least likely to surpass $4.50 a gallon by 2050. The net savings from the new mileage standard are projected to be comparable to lowering the price of gasoline by approximately $1 per gallon.
Second, the fuel economy standards had multiple purposes, increasing the yield on every gallon of gas but also saving consumers from the costly impact of climate change, public health and other environmental issues associated with tailpipe emissions.
By reducing tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, the new standards were projected to provide motorists and the economy with billions of dollars worth of climate, public health and other environmental benefits.
Those emissions of gases and other pollutions impose costs on the economy and motorists by exacerbating climate change and other environmental effects.
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