Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Votes In Favor Of Legislation To Reduce U.S. Energy Dependence & Increase Fuel Efficiency Standards
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, voted in favor of legislation to establish a New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence.
The project calls on the United States to reach 50% energy independence in 10 years and 100% in 20 years. The project will award financial prizes to the first individual who can reach the following critical energy goals:
Double fuel economy standards to 70 MPG while keeping vehicles affordable
Cut home and business energy usage in half
Make solar power work at the same cost as coal
Make the production of biofuels cost-competitive with gasoline
Safely and cheaply store carbon emissions from coal-powered plants
Safely store or neutralize nuclear waste
Produce usable electricity from a nuclear fusion reaction
"America's potential for innovation is limitless. I support an approach to alternative energy development which encourages competition and innovation. By establishing a New Manhattan Project, we will put our country on a path towards energy independence, while also spurring job growth and protecting our precious environment. I hope that my colleagues in Congress will offer their support to this bold and much-needed proposal," said Ros-Lehtinen.