Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a major shift towards increased fuel mileage standards.

How high? Apparently, 65 percent of respondents agreed that "the government should increase the fuel economy standard to an average of 50 miles per gallon by 2025," according to CFA Director of Public Affairs Jack Gillis. As of right now, the U.S. fleet averages roughly half that lofty figure. As pointed out by the boys at Green Car Advisor, such a drastic increase in fuel efficiency "would save more oil in two years than all the proven oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico." Kinda puts things into perspective, no?

[Source: Consumer Federation of America (PDF) via Green Car Advisor]

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