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President Obama has announced an agreement to improve gas mileage in order to reduce carbon emissions. His goal: By 2016, the average car will produce 39 miles per gallon.

“As a result, we will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in the next five years…more oil than we imported from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya, and Nigeria combined.”


While Obama’s new plan is said to cut about 900 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2016, many people are doubting its effectiveness. There have been many skepticisms as to how the plan will convince citizens to purchase these environmentally-friendly cars, when it is obvious that the price of the cars (and gas) will only increase. However, Obama assures that lower fuel usage will offset the increasing cost of gas (estimated $3.50 by 2016) and in turn attract people to the new vehicles.

Obama also stressed the fact that, by following through with this plan, the typical driver would save about $2,800 by getting better gas mileage, which, to many citizens, would be worth the eventual high cost of hybrid cars and other electrical vehicles.