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Congressional Energy Bills-Lasting Impact for Oregon Consumers

June 18, 2007

Portland, OR - The U.S. Senate is currently debating a package of energy bills that could have lasting impacts for Oregon consumers, the economy and the environment. The bills include requirements for new renewable energy sources and increasing automobile fuel efficiency. Fred Heutte of the Sierra Club in Oregon says it's time for the industry to accept a higher fuel economy standard -- the first hike in 20 years.

“It's really time for the auto industry to say what they can do and not what they can't do.”

Opponents say it would be difficult for the auto industry to meet proposed new standards, but Heutte says they made the same claims about other innovations, such as seatbelts.

Jeremy Symons with the National Wildlife Federation says the stakes are huge.

“Without a big push from renewable technology and energy efficiency and conservation, increasing pollution continues to fuel global warming. Scientists are warning that we're reaching tipping points in the climate system, so we need to get the ball rolling.”

Symons adds that renewable energy could also have an economic payoff, especially here in Oregon with the developing energy industries of wind, wave and biofuels. He estimates $20 trillion will be spent over the next two decades on energy technology.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR