Kerry Endorses Diesel, Angers Environmentalists

Senator Kerry said considering support for increased use of diesel fuel in automobiles.

Published: 05-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON - Senator John F. Kerry's effort to require increased fuel efficiency in cars drew criticism from an unlikely source yesterday - environmentalists who are usually his staunch allies.

They reacted negatively after Kerry told reporters he would consider supporting the option of increased use of diesel fuel in automobiles.

Kerry is the lead sponsor of a proposal that would raise the fuel-efficiency standard to 35 miles per gallon by 2013, up from the current average of 25 miles per gallon. He estimates such a change would save 3 million barrels of oil per day by 2020.

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