Last week, the price of oil hit a near record high $99 per barrel, and with it, gasoline rose to an average of $3.09 per gallon. With winter coming, heating prices could rise too. This is a real threat to us all. Congress needs to act now to pass a comprehensive energy bill to reduce these threats.
Senate and House leaders are now debating how to increase fuel economy and reduce oil use. If Congress crafts a final energy bill with the best provisions from earlier measures, it would reduce U.S. oil use by at least 2.5 million barrels per day by 2016. That’s a good thing.
But big oil and other special interests are conniving to block these measures. That’s a bad thing.
So write Congress today and tell them to pass a good energy bill that:
1. Includes more efficient motor vehicle fuel economy (CAFE) standards to reduce oil use by 1.2 million barrels per day by 2020, which is slightly less than the amount of oil the U.S. currently imports from Venezuela
2. Includes the House renewable fuels provision, which would stop oil companies from making it difficult it sell cleaner flex fuels such as E-85 and create incentives for service stations to add flex fuels to their other gasoline offerings
3. Includes the House renewable electricity provision, which would save consumers more than $200 billion in reduced energy costs
4. Includes energy efficiency provisions from both bills that could reduce electricity used for lighting by 65 percent and energy used for buildings by 50 percent by 2020
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