President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016. He says that the triple benefit of reduced dependence on foreign oil, lowered consumer expenses and limits on green-house gases is ample reason to move ahead with his new proposal.
Obama also cited that heavy-duty trucks make up just 4 percent of the vehicles on the nation’s roadways, but are responsible for about 20 percent of the green-house gases that are spewed into the atmosphere by the transportation sector.
Obama will order the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop new standards for the 2018 vehicle model year and beyond, which would come on top of standards in place for the 2014-2018 model years. He also said companies that want to join an existing public-private partnership focused on energy-efficient vehicles will get specialized resources and technical expertise from the Department of Energy (DOE). Obama discussed the need for new fuel-efficiency standards in last month’s State of the Union address, as well as in the climate change plan he announced last June.