This Thanksgiving, Oregonians are driving to visit friends and family in cars that gobble up too much gas at the pump, threatening our environment and unnecessarily stretching our wallets. Recognizing this, President Obama has a unique opportunity to help jumpstart Oregon’s economy, break our dependence on oil and cut global warming pollution by setting strong new fuel efficiency and pollution standards for cars and trucks.

Getting Americans from point A to point B consumes more than half the oil used in the U.S., so using American ingenuity to make more efficient cars and trucks is the easiest way to cut our dependence on oil and save Oregonians money at the pump. In fact, if the average car went 60 miles on a gallon of gas this Thanksgiving travel week, Oregonians would save $3 million at the gas pump, or $13 per family — enough to bring a few extra pumpkin pies to dinner.

And that’s just the savings from one holiday. President Obama should seize this opportunity to put American ingenuity to work by calling for cars and light trucks to get 60 miles to the gallon by 2025. On future Thanksgivings, cleaner cars would help Americans focus on clearing their plates, not clearing out their wallets at the gas pump.

Brock Howell

Environment Oregon

Portland

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