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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Announcing Next Generation Fuel Economy Labels

The White HouseWednesday, May 25, 2011
The President and his Administration have made it a priority to protect consumers against rising gas prices. Earlier this year, he announced a plan to reduce our oil imports by a third by 2025 -- leveraging domestic resources while reducing the oil we consume. And he has taken steps to invest in new technologies and more efficient transportation initiatives that are already helping us move towards this important goal.

Today, as part of these efforts, the Administration introduced next generation fuel economy labels that will empower car buyers with better information about what they will spend or save on fuels costs when looking to purchase a new vehicle.

The new fuel economy labels will still provide the same familiar and important information about city and highway mileage for new vehicles, but now for the first time, they will also include comparable fuel economy and environmental ratings for all new vehicles, including advanced technology vehicles like electric cars and hybrids.

The new labels underscore the benefits of the historic passenger car and truck fuel economy rule adopted under this administration by the EPA and DOT in 2010 that will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the life of the program and reduce fuel costs for the average consumer by $3,000.

The bottom line is that these labels will help people make more informed decisions when they're buying a car, so that they can save money at the gas pump. Learn more at www.fueleconomy.gov.

Car buyers can expect to see the new labels early next year when 2013 model vehicles hit the showroom floors, and possibly even earlier on some vehicles, but you can get a sneak preview of the new design here:



Additionally, as part of Administration efforts to make sure that the government is leading by example when it comes to fuel economy standards, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. General Services Administration and White House Council on Environmental Quality came together this week to announce another major step in boosting clean energy technologies in our Federal fleet.

President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that will implement new Federal fleet management practices to further the Administration's goals to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025 and to put one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015.

In tandem, GSA launched a historic Electric Vehicle Pilot program that will put the President’s plan into action and place alternative fueled vehicles into the Federal fleet in cities across the country.

White House Highlights
Saving You Money at the Pump and Protecting the Air We BreatheMay 25, 2011
New fuel economy labels will help consumers get the best deal and protect the environment.

Generation Fuel Economy Labels Arm Consumers with Information They Can Use May 25, 2011
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson introduce a new fuel economy labels that will empower car buyers with better information about what they will spend or save on fuel costs when looking to purchase a new vehicle.

Driving our Nation Toward America's Clean Energy Future May 24, 2011
Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. General Services Administrator Martha Johnson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley came together to announce another major step in leading by example and reducing our dependence on oil by boosting clean energy technologies in our Federal fleet.

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge May 24, 2011
It can be quite a feat coming up with new and exciting ways to engage our young folk when it comes to energy and science, but the Department of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association have put together a new challenge to ignite that spark.

Protecting Families at the Pump and Expanding Responsible Domestic Oil Production May 17,2011
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, discusses the Administration’s policies to support safe and responsible domestic oil and gas production.

Weekly Address: Expanding Responsible Oil Production in America
May 14, 2011
As part of his long-term plan to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, President Obama lays out his strategy to continue expanding safe and responsible domestic oil production.

Working with Communities to Restore a Healthy and Prosperous Gulf Coast May 12.2011
CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley travels to Mobile, Alabama to participate in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force public meeting and discuss the Administration's work to protect and restore the Gulf Coast.

Weekly Address: Clean Energy to Out-Innovate the Rest of the World May 7, 2011
Speaking from a hybrid vehicle transmission company in Indiana, the President explains how investments in a clean energy economy are the only solution to high gas prices in the long term

The President on Jobs & Gas Prices: Read His Remarks, Download the Graphic May 6,2011
Speaking at a hybrid vehicle transmission plant in Indiana, the President explains how these kinds of industries will not only help get gas prices down in the long term, they'll provide the next generation of jobs.
The 'America's Next Top Energy Innovator' Challenge Begins Today
May 2, 2011
Starting today and until December 15, start-up companies can apply for one of the Department of Energy's thousands of unlicensed patents for greatly reduced cost and paperwork.
Weekly Address: Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies
April 30, 2011
At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

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