Washington, DC – In response to the new national gas mileage standard of 54.5-mpg by 2025, which was adopted today, Operation Free spokesperson Benjamin Lowe released the following statement: “This national effort to boost gas mileage to 54.5-mpg is a key step in tackling our dangerous demand for oil. We currently send more than a billion dollars a day to other countries to buy oil. Too much of that money ends up in the hands of people who don’t share our values or have our best interests in mind. And every time the price of a barrel of crude oil goes up by $5, Iran gets an additional $7.9 billion a year.
“Under the new gas mileage standards, by 2025 we will cut our oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels a day — equal to half of the oil we now import from OPEC. Making the cars and trucks on America’s roads go farther on a gallon of gas will save Americans $80 billion at the pump every year by 2030 and create 150,000 jobs.
“We applaud this forward-looking policy for providing a boost to the long-term security and economy of the United States.”
Operation Free is a nationwide coalition of military veterans working to secure America with clean energy. Learn more at OperationFree.net. Operation Free is a campaign of the Truman National Security Project.