August 30, 2012 12:00 AM

We should welcome new fuel efficiency standards

It’s hard to be critical of the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards released Tuesday by the Obama Administration that will require manufacturers to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Lowering our dependence on oil is important for our security, air quality and pocketbooks. It’s hard to be critical because oil companies and distributors use any and every excuse to manipulate fuel prices. Locally, long before Hurricane Isaac became a menace to drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, it was not uncommon for gasoline prices to fluctuate 10 cents (always higher) in a 24-hour period. Isaac was the reason given for a 28-cent per gallon jump at many service stations.

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