Kerry Praises Historic Senate Victory on Fuel Efficiency
Sen. John Kerry, who helped lead negotiations today for a tough compromise, praised a historic Senate agreement, where the Senate is poised to raise CAFÉ standards for the first time in over 30 years. The bill will increase car mileage by 10 miles per gallon by 2020. These new requirements will cut automobile carbon emissions dramatically, and will help turn around America's rapid production of carbon emissions. The oil savings will ultimately total 1.2 million barrels per day by 2020.
"We've been fighting to reach this day for over twenty years. Because of an historic bipartisan compromise, for the first time in a generation we've overcome powerful opposition to make our cares more fuel efficient. This wasn't easy, and it didn't happen overnight, but because of this victory we are providing America a dramatic change in the way we drive and the way we do business. This is a great step toward addressing record gas prices, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and breaking the stranglehold of foreign oil. I want to thank my friend Senators Stevens and Cantwell for their hard work and perseverance on this issue."