Environment America says Louisiana residents could save $1.3 billion at the pump and cut oil use by 598 million gallons per year by 2030. Last week's report from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council says those savings could come from President Barack Obama's new fuel efficiency and pollution standards for cars and light trucks scheduled to be released later this month for car models in 2017 to 2025, building on the Obama administration's new standards for models in 2012 to 2016, finalized earlier this year. Environment America is a member of the Go 60 MPG coalition, which encourages Obama to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to at least 60 miles per gallon by 2025.
Environment America also encourages Louisiana to invest in new technologies like six- and seven-speed transmissions, as well as hybrid and plug-in electric cars and trucks. — Alex Woodward