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.
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
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.
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.