On Earth Day, Bono Mack Praises Fed Plan to Increase Gas Mileage Standards
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's proposal to begin implementing the increased fuel-efficiency standards mandated by Congress. The plan would increase gas mileage standards by 4.5 percent per year over the five-year period ending in 2015, keeping the U.S. on target to reach 35 miles per gallon for new cars and trucks by 2020. Bono Mack emphasized that this move helps the environment while reducing costs to Americans. A Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Bono Mack has consistently supported increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
"The federal government should lead the way for cleaner, more efficient energy use," said Bono Mack. "On Earth Day - a day set aside to focus on protecting our environment, it is fitting that the government announced its proposal to meet increased mileage standards by 2020. I have long supported improving the fuel economy of our vehicles, as it will not only save us time and money at the pump but will also improve our air quality and reduce our dependency on foreign oil."
Bono Mack supported the comprehensive energy bill (H.R. 6), which was signed into law in December of 2007. The bill increased CAFE standards to 35 mpg by 2020, expanded production of renewable energy, supported development of clean, alternative sources of fuel, and included a provision introduced by Bono Mack with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to increase the energy-efficiency of federal buildings (H.R. 121).
"As a nation, we must enhance and diversify our energy portfolio," said Bono Mack. "The cost of gas these days is staggering, and it is clear that we need to take serious steps to address this issue on many levels. Increasing gas mileage standards is an important step, but we must continue to do more by developing clean, alternative energy and expanding domestic energy options that utilize existing technology."