Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act which included an amendment he authored to John Deere and other similar companies.
The legislation provides $2.4 billion for the Department of Energy to research and develop more energy efficient nonroad vehicles, such as tractors, combines, and bulldozers. The original language stated: The Secretary shall undertake a pilot program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications of technologies to improve total machine or system efficiency for heavy duty nonroad equipment, and shall seek opportunities to transfer relevant research findings and technologies between the nonroad and on-highway equipment and vehicle sectors.
Hare's amendment strikes the term heavy duty, which was not clearly defined, so companies producing smaller nonroad vehicles can also benefit from the program.
"No nonroad vehicle manufacturer should be arbitrarily excluded from this important Department of Energy pilot program," Hare said. "My amendment will benefit dozens of Illinois-based manufacturers that produce a wide range of nonroad vehicles and are eager to partner with the federal government to reduce their carbon footprint."
The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act will create the most comprehensive national vehicle research and development program to date, building on the achievements of the 111th Congress in advancing clean American energy. Hare also supported the Cash for Clunkers program, which resulted in 700,000 gas-guzzling and air-polluting cars being turned in for newer, more fuel-efficient models and the American Clean Energy and Security Act which would reduce global warming and create tens of thousand of green jobs in Illinois. "I continue to believe that my district can serve as an epicenter of the clean energy revolution," Hare said.