Battle Lines Drawn On Fuel Economy

While Congress is working to draft their own fuel efficiency bills, the Bush plan would also give automakers the ability to buy and sell fuel-efficiency credits among themselves, though the details have not been worked out.

Published: 26-Jan-2007

President Bush and Congress appear to be on a collision course on how best to increase motor-vehicle fuel efficiency.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said yesterday that Bush would oppose attempts by Congress to raise fuel-efficiency standards if its approach differs from the administration's. On Tuesday, Bush called for changing standards to reach a goal of saving 8.5 billion gallons of gasoline in 2017. Scientists say Bush's plan would require automakers to lift overall fuel efficiency to 34 miles per gallon, from 24 mpg today.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), at the Washington Auto Show, said bipartisan legislation on fuel economy is possible. (By Andrea Bruce -- The Washington Post)

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