Alaska Senator Proposes 'REFRESH' Energy Bill
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced legislation in Congress Jan. 16 aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by developing additional forms of renewable energy and paving the way for better fuel consumption by vehicles.
S. 298, the Renewable Energy, Fuel Reduction and Economic Stabilization and enHancement Act of 2007, or REFRESH Act, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel usage by about 530 million metric tons in the United States by 2025 — a 7 percent decrease from currently anticipated emissions levels that year.
"In Alaska, we have certainly seen firsthand the effects of a warming climate in recent years," said Murkowski. "It only makes sense that we take common-sense steps now to improve fuel efficiency, to promote the development of a wider range of alternative energy technologies and to encourage Americans to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. This bill includes vital measures we must take to reduce fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions."
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