Will New Fuel-Economy Rules Reduce the Need for Oil Sands Imports?

by Maria Gallucci
InsideClimate News
September 11, 2012

The Obama administration’s latest efficiency standards for new cars and trucks are expected to dramatically curb America’s oil consumption over the next decade. So does that mean the United States won’t need to import so much oil from Canada’s tar sands region?

Oil experts with two environmental groups say the answer to that question is yes…

Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), said the new rules “show that America can avoid the costly impacts of importing high-carbon oil derived from Canadian tar sands.”

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