As outlined in many blogs, president Obama announced new standards for fleet efficiency for automakers in the US.
What's the deal? In 2016, we will have a 35.5 mpg fleet-wide average for new cars and light trucks. This standard will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil and keep 900 million metric tons of greenhouse gases out of the air during the lives of those vehicles.
According to the White House, this "is equivalent to taking 177 million cars off the road, or shutting down 194 coal plants."
Very exciting and real steps towards solving the climate crisis!