A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate tomorrow will introduce new legislation to cut US oil consumption by 2.5 million barrels a day over the next 10 years and significantly more thereafter.
The legislation is reportedly based on the energy security blueprint proposed by the Set America Free Coalition. Sponsors of the legislation include Sam Brownback (R-KS), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) in the Senate, and Representatives Jack Kingston (R-GA), Vice Chair of the Republican Leadership Conference, and Eliot Engel (D-NY) in the House.
The Set America Free blueprint urges immediate action along multiple fronts:
Provide incentives to auto manufacturers to produce and consumers to purchase, hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and FFVs across all vehicle models.
Provide incentives for auto manufacturers to increase fuel efficiency of existing, non-FFV auto models.
Conduct extensive testing of next-generation fuels across the vehicle spectrum to meet auto warranty and EPA emission standards.
Mandate substantial incorporation of plug-ins and FFVs into federal, state, municipal and covered fleets.
Provide investment tax incentives for corporate fleets and taxi fleets to switch to plug-ins, hybrids and FFVs.
Encourage gasoline distributors to blend combustion enhancers into the fuel.
Provide incentives for existing fueling stations to install pumps that serve all liquid fuels that can be used in the existing transportation infrastructure, and mandate that all new gas stations be so equipped.
Provide incentives to enable new players, such as utilities, to enter the transportation fuel market, and for the development of environmentally sound exploitation of non-traditional petroleum deposits from stable areas (such as Canadian tar sands).
Provide incentives for the construction of plants that generate liquid transportation fuels from domestic energy resources, particularly from waste, that can be used in the existing infrastructure.
Allocate funds for commercial scale demonstration plants that produce next-generation transportation fuels, particularly from waste products.
Implement federal, state, and local policies to encourage mass transit and reduce vehicle-miles traveled.
Work with other oil-consuming countries towards distribution of the above-mentioned technologies and overall reduction of reliance on petroleum, particularly from hostile and potentially unstable regions of the world.