According to a new report by Environment Florida, more fuel-efficient cars “would make significant cuts in oil use and save Floridians roughly $15 million at the gas pump this Thanksgiving alone.”
The report comes just days after the Obama administration announced its proposal for new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks sold from 2017 through 2025.
According to a press release, the group used regional Thanksgiving travel data released last week by AAA to determine how many Floridians would be traveling more than 50 miles by car this Thanksgiving, then estimated “how much less oil would be used—and how much money would be saved at the gas pump—if the average car taking those trips in Florida this Thanksgiving met a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon—what the Obama administration is proposing new cars and light trucks meet by 2025—instead of the current 26.4 miles per gallon.”
The report, “Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving: How Clean Car Standards Will Cut Oil Use and Save Americans Money,” estimated the following benefits would be realized over the Thanksgiving holiday if the average car met that 54.5 MPG standard:
• 4.5 million fewer gallons of oil would be consumed in Florida.
• Floridians would save roughly $15 million at the gas pump, or $15 per family.
• Floridians’ cars and light trucks would emit 43,840 fewer metric tons of global warming pollution.
A separate analysis, performed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists, found that a fleet-wide 54.5 MPG fuel efficiency standard for new cars and light trucks in 2025 would “cut global warming pollution by 2030 by nearly 280 million metric tons, equivalent to shutting down roughly 70 coal fired power plants for one year; cut our annual oil consumption by 23 billion gallons—equivalent to our annual imports from Saudi Arabia and Iraq; and save Floridians $4.2 billion at the gas pump in 2030.”