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While Gas Prices Stay High, Congress Tackles Fuel Efficiency

June 18, 2007

Washington, D.C. - With gas prices around three dollars a gallon and expected to go up, Congress is looking at a law that would boost fuel efficiency standards for all new cars. Allan Tweddle with the Sierra Club's West Virginia chapter says in addition to lowering fuel costs, the higher standards would cut American dependence on foreign oil and help fight global warming.

“You get a higher mileage car, you're gonna reduce the emissions of the vehicle, which includes all the forms of pollution, including greenhouse gases.”

Opponents of higher fuel standards say it would make cars less safe, but Tweddle argues that the technology is there to boost efficiency without sacrificing safety. The proposed law would increase mileage standards to 35 miles per gallon for cars and trucks by 2020.

Those high prices at the pump are also driving a search for other sources of auto fuel, including liquid coal, oil shale, and tar sands. Deron Lovaas with the Natural Resources Defense Council says increasing fuel economy is a better idea because those oil alternatives pack a heavy payload of pollution.

“Liquid coal is the worst of the bunch. You get about twice the global warming pollution from liquid coal as you get from conventional gasoline.”

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV