The Sun Journal article (May 24), “Turner the place to go for cheap gas,” reports on some of the cheapest locations for Maine residents to gas up, but Mainers need real relief from the roller coaster of gas prices.
The good news is that President Barack Obama is poised to make a major decision that could break the nation's oil dependence, save Maine families money at the gas pump, and cut dangerous pollution by setting strong new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and trucks.
A new report from Environment Maine demonstrates that President Obama should aim for a standard of 60 miles per gallon in order to bring about major benefits for our health, the environment, and for consumers who are sick and tired of pain at the gas pump.
Making more efficient cars and trucks is the easiest way to save the citizens of Maine money on gas while reducing oil dependence. Environment Maine’s new report demonstrates that if cars met a 60 mpg standard, the average Maine family would save $490 during the course of the summer, while cutting Maine’s oil use by more than 86 million gallons.
The Obama administration has confirmed that cars can be cost-effectively built that average 60 mpg. The president should seize this opportunity to put American ingenuity to work and leave the nation's crippling dependence on oil in the dust.
Asa Hyde, Portland
Field organizer, Environment Maine