New clean car standards proposed by the Obama administration will save the average Pennsylvania family $200 at the gas pump in 2030, according to an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The analysis was released Thursday by PennEnvironment, a citizen-based Pennsylvania environmental advocacy group, and outlined how much oil and money Pennsylvanians would save if the average vehicle traveled 54.5 miles per gallon - the standard the Obama administration wants to see met by 2025.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently holding a public comment period on the proposed standards.

The analysis

The analysis found the proposed standards would in 2030 save Pennsylvanians $991,000,000 annually at the pump, cut oil use in the state by 701 million gallons and reduce pollution by 8.29 million metric tons, according to a PennEnvironment news release.

Nationwide, the analysis projected the proposed standards could save Americans $45 billion annually, cut annual oil use by 23 billion gallons and reduce pollution by 280 million metric tons, the release also stated.

"Clean cars are a win-win for Pennsylvania's economy and our environment," said Charlie Furman, a field organizer for PennEnvironment. "By moving ahead with the strongest possible clean car standards, the Obama administration is poised to help move our country away from oil, save Pennsylvanians money at the gas pump and cut dangerous carbon pollution."

"Our oil addiction is bankrupting America by sending nearly $1 billion a day overseas for foreign oil, wasting money that should be fueling American innovation and industry," added Tim Diehl, a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and current volunteer for the Truman National Security Project, in the release. "All of us have seen, and many of us have, the support our troops magnets on our cars. But if we really want to support our troops we need to make sure that they are never again sent into harm's way to defend our addiction to oil."

PennEnvironment also quoted Dr. Robert Little, co-chair of Harrisburg Physicians for Social Responsibility in its release.

"Particulate matter, that black smoke we see coming out of tailpipes is not healthy," he said. "Beyond saving the average family $330 per year at the gas pump, reducing our emissions would save countless lives and lower our health care bills by millions."

An public hearing on the proposed standards will be held in Philadelphia Jan. 19, and comments from the public are being accepted through Jan. 30.


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