Fuel Efficiency

Pew is working to build public support for making the transportation sector cleaner, more efficient and less dependent on foreign oil. Cars, trucks and mass transit in the United States consume about 14 million barrels of oil a day—two-thirds of the nation's daily total. Of that, about 55 percent is imported, at a cost of $1 billion a day to the U.S. economy.

As the number of cars and miles driven continue to grow, so will the economic costs and security burden—in addition to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Combined with volatile gasoline prices and increasing global competition for automobile market share, there is a clear imperative to make our cars cleaner, more efficient and less oil-dependent.

We must fundamentally transform today's energy policies if we are to seize the economic, security and environmental benefits of a cleaner, more efficient transportation sector.

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3 Ways New Truck Efficiency Proposal Is Big Win for U.S.

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The Obama administration announced June 19 a proposed rule calling for increased fuel efficiency of and reduced tailpipe emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. This is good news for businesses and consumers, who stand to benefit from significant fuel cost savings. The rule, if passed, would also help the environment through reduced carbon pollution.

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Federal Fuel Efficiency Rules for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks Keep Getting Better

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On Aug. 16, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized new rules that will make medium- and heavy-duty vehicles cleaner and more efficient. The rule will increase the fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions of tractor-trailers, package delivery vans, transit buses, and other large trucks sold between 2021 and 2027 in an effort to decrease greenhouse gases and improve fuel economy.

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Pew Applauds Proposed Efficiency Standards for Trucks

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Press Releases & Statements

The Pew Charitable Trusts commends the Obama administration for issuing today a draft rule to increase the fuel efficiency of, and reduce tailpipe emissions from, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The proposed rule would require vehicles such as tractor-trailers, package delivery vans, transit buses, and other large trucks sold between 2021 and 2027 to meet new greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards.

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Stakeholders Call for More Energy-Efficient Trucks

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During the past decade, the United States has made tremendous strides in setting progressive fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks. The resulting benefits include consumer savings at the pump, a decline in the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and reduced carbon pollution.

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37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

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Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.