PNS Daily Newscast - July 14, 2020 

The Trump administration issues talking points challenging health expert Fauci; Latinos challenge voting system in Washington State.

2020Talks - July 14, 2020 

Maine has its statewide primaries today; Texas and Alabama have primary runoffs. And lawsuits abound against the White House's new ICE rule, threatening to deport international students taking only online courses.

Vroom, Vroom - Time for Car Mileage Plan to Shift Gears

February 8, 2007

President Bush says he's making good on his promise to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent by 2017 with a proposal to allow the administration to change the fuel efficiency standard for passenger cars. But is his proposal tough enough to do any good? Jim Sconyers of the Sierra Club's New Hampshire office thinks not.

Sconyers says it's a small step in the right direction, but the Bush proposal does not include strict enough standards for light trucks and SUVs.

"Setting different standards for different sizes of cars, according to their weight, doesn't address the problem. If you make them big enough, then they don't have to get good mileage."

The current standard for passenger cars is about 27 miles per gallon. The President's proposal includes no hard numbers for new standards, only ranges and suggestions. Sconyers says better gas mileage is what the public wants, as reflected by top industry profits made by Toyota and Honda.

"The hybrids get fantastic mileage, and even their regular, internal combustion non-hybrids get 30-plus miles per gallon."

A trade group for SUV manufacturers says the rules need to be flexible; and that tougher rules would compromise safety because vehicles would have to be lighter. They also complain that American jobs could be lost if stricter mileage standards are enacted.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - NH