Rep. Engel: New Fuel Efficiency Standards a Start, Alternative Fuel Sources a "Must"

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Founder/Co-Chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, says while new fuel efficiency standards are a positive development, they won’t replace the need for alternative energy sources.

“Reducing our dependence on foreign oil should top our energy and national security policies. The President laid out today new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks that will go a long ways towards cutting our reliance on foreign oil, curbing carbon emissions and protecting consumers from price spikes at the pump.”

“But I would like to hear a greater emphasis on the need for alternative energy technologies. I first introduced the Open Fuel Standards Act in July 2008, which requires that 80 percent of new cars sold in the United States by 2016 run on any combination of ethanol, methanol or gasoline. It’s a simple, inexpensive modification that would cost about $100 and can be made standard in all cars, like airbags or seatbelts.”

“We must take the necessary steps today, if we want to reduce our oil dependence tomorrow. Expanding the marketplace for alternative fuel sources will give consumers more immediate options, loosen the collective grip that unreliable and unstable overseas oil suppliers have on our economy and enhance our domestic security.”

Additionally, Congressman Engel has successfully amended 10 Appropriation bills since 2011, to assure that federal-owned vehicles meet the standards of the President’s Memorandum on Federal Fleet performance issued on May 24, 2011. 

“My amendments shows that lawmakers supports a more efficient fleet.  It is time for Congress to take the next step and continue pushing for smart public policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”