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How to gobble less gas on Thanksgiving

Ecotrope | Nov. 24, 2010 8:03 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:44 p.m.

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Mmmm ... more please. A new report measures gas savings from higher fuel-efficiency standards in terms of pumpkin pie purchases.

Mmmm … more please. A new report measures gas savings from higher fuel-efficiency standards in terms of pumpkin pie purchases.

Environment Oregon envisions future Thanksgiving holidays with more pie and less gas.

The advocacy group has tallied up the savings Oregonians could see if we all drove 60-miles-per-gallon cars. Better fuel efficiency, their study concluded, would save each of us around $13 on Thanksgiving alone – enough to buy three extra pumpkin pies (but are those pies locally sourced?).

In a new report “Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving: How Clean Cars Can Save Americans Money and Cut Oil Use,” environmental groups across the country have used Thanksgiving travel projections from AAA to parse gasoline expenditures by state. Then they took a look at what those trips would cost in cars that get 60 miles per gallon instead of the current average of 26.4.

Oregonians are expected to spend around $5.3 million on gas for their Thanksgiving travels this year. At 60 miles per gallon, that number could be slashed by $3 million with 978 fewer gallons of gas guzzled.

The 60 miles per gallon target isn’t random.  The Obama administration is developing new fuel efficiency and pollution standards for cars and light trucks for 2025.

In October, the administration set new standard for cars, pick-up trucks and SUVs, which will need to reach 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Officials are looking at 2025 targets between 47 to 60 miles per gallon.

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