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)


The five DaimlerChrysler hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are joining the largest alternative-fuel airport fleet in the nation, where over 50 percent of the vehicles use alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, propane and hybrid-electric and solar-power.

Enzyme based biological fuel cell takes oxygen and hydrogen from an atmosphere to power electrical devices.

Critics assert that EU fuel consumption tests, set up in 1980 to give new car buyers a comparison on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions, were designed for 'easy driving' and don't reflect the higher performance and higher speeds of today's cars. Photo: Fiat Croma 1.9 JTD.


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