In response to fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina, Florida is establishing a state-wide energy conservation policy with a goal of a 10% reduction in consumption, and Governor Jeb Bush is calling on Floridians to conserve as well.
The governor has also swapped out his standard Ford Expedition for a Ford Escape hybrid.
“It’s kind of hard to be arguing to conserve gasoline when you’re driving around in a Ford Expedition that guzzles it down at a 6- to 8-mile per gallon clip,” Bush said after arriving at a northeast Tallahassee Mormon Church where hurricane evacuees were staying.For the record, Ford Motor Co.’s Web site says its Expedition gets about 14 miles per gallon in city driving and 19 on the highway. But its Escape Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in town and 31 on the highway. “This baby outside . . . makes more sense,” Bush said. (St. Petersburg Times)
Drivers in Florida consume some 23 million gallons of fuel a day. Consumption is spiking due to concerns over price increases and availability.