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Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007 -- (Senate - December 13, 2007)


Mr. KOHL. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about the Energy bill that passed with my support. The bill requires that 36 billion gallons of biofuels be blended with gasoline by 2022, and it establishes new appliance and lighting efficiency standards in government buildings. The bill also includes Federal grants and loan guarantees to promote research into fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, advanced diesel and battery technologies.

The Energy bill also improves CAFE standards, requiring cars and light trucks to achieve an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Increasing CAFE standards is a critical step that must be taken to reduce pollution and curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Higher CAFE standards will also benefit our families and our communities by reducing the burden of high gas prices freeing up more discretionary income for working families to spend on necessities such as food, health care, and housing.

I was pleased that the final bill included an amendment I offered that would allow small manufacturers to access awards under the advanced technology vehicles manufacturing incentive title. Considering that small manufacturers that employ roughly 75 employees or less contribute 29.5 percent to all value added to automobiles, it made sense that they should have the opportunity to get these awards.

Taken together, this bill allows the United States to become more energy efficient in a cost effective and responsible way.


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