It’s kind of hard for me to get excited about 35 mpg by 2020, but 2020 is closer than it sounds and it’s the first increase in CAFE standards since 1975. Forty-five years is a long time to leave the standards unchanged. Kudos to Congress for a long overdue increase.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress by a wide margin approved the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years Tuesday, and President Bush plans to quickly sign the legislation, accepting the mandates on the auto industry.
The energy bill, boosting mileage by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon, passed the House 314-100 and now goes to the White House, following the Senate’s approval last week.
…In a dramatic shift to spur increased demand for nonfossil fuels, the bill also requires a six-fold increase in ethanol use to 36 billion gallons a year by 2022, a boon to farmers. And it requires new energy efficiency standards for an array of appliances, lighting and commercial and government buildings.