Divergent Views on the Impact of New 35mpg Rule in America

The following are comments on the energy bill President Bush signed into law Wednesday that would require the auto industry to average 35 miles per gallon by 2020:

Published: 22-Dec-2007

Automakers pecked to death
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township: This bill attacks the domestic auto industry because they're an easy target. It's just the weak chicken scenario, and all the other chickens in the barn yard, including the oil industry, natural gas, utilities and coal, are pecking the domestic auto industry to death, because by doing so, they can avert any sanctions against themselves.

And I mean that literally, since it is estimated that the cost to comply with the new corporate average fuel economy mandates are $85 billion -- $85 billion from an industry that is struggling just to survive right now, with all the unfair trade practices and legacy costs they face.

But instead of spending those dollars on research and development, and manufacturing vehicles that will truly reduce our addiction to foreign oil -- like lithium ion batteries, or flex fuel, or hydrogen fuel cells -- we will mandate higher CAFE standards continuing to use an antiquated approach that we started in the 1970s , the result of which has since then actually doubled our oil consumption.

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