PennEnvironment
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Delaware County Daily Times
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Macy Zander, PennEnvironment

Each day in this country, $1 billion is being sent oversees in order to feed our addiction to oil. This is evidenced by “At gas pump, 2011 was the year of the big squeeze” (Dec. 20) stating that “the typical American household will have spent $4,155 filling up this year.” This translates to 19 million barrels being used daily in this country alone. This sounds like an abstract number, but imagine 1,209 Olympic-size swimming pools filled with oil. That is how much we are using -- every single day.

This is directly translated to a national security issue, climate change, and a heavy economic burden. Fortunately strong new pollution and fuel efficiency standards have been created for cars and trucks sold in 2017 through 2025 that would seriously alleviate these issues. The standards would cut gasoline use by as much as 23 billion gallons annually.

As a critical swing state the current administration is curious what Pennsylvanians think of the proposed standards. Citizens need to make their voices heard by submitting a public comment to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov (include “Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0799” in the subject line) in support of strong clean car standards. It’s time for us to stand up to our oil addiction and for Pennsylvania to lead the way.