Sierra Club Statement on President Obama’s New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Trucks

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Eddie Scher (415) 977-5758 or
Upper Marlboro, MD -- In a speech today, President Obama directed his administration to move forward with standards to make our tractor trailers and commercial vehicles more efficient. Heavy-duty vehicles are the second largest transportation oil users behind cars, guzzling 25 percent of all transportation fuel. Remarkably, most tractor trailers on the road today average only six miles per gallon - nearly the same as they did decades ago.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The president’s decisive action to ensure more efficient cars and trucks is adding up to huge climate pollution reductions for our planet and massive savings for American drivers at the pump. The administration’s historic car standards will slash U.S. carbon pollution by nearly 10 percent and previously set heavy-duty vehicle standards will begin to make our trucks more efficient.
We have the technology to nearly double the fuel economy of tractor trailers, and now we need to put it to work. By setting a next round of strong heavy-duty vehicle standards, the Obama administration can slash oil use, save consumers money, and cut dangerous pollution.
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit

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