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Bipartisan fuel policy recommendations for US Congress

12.01.2013  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [government] [Congress] [US Energy Security Council] [fuel] [tax] [emissions] [EPA] [shale gas] [methane]

A bipartisan group called the US Energy Security Council, comprising former military, business and political leaders, has issued policy recommendations for the US Congress as it grapples with fuel-related legislative issues. The council believes the US Congress should create a topline fuel competition corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) credit for automakers that opens at least half of the vehicles in their fleet to competing fuels, and ensures automaker compliance with CAFE counts as compliance with greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. For flexible-fuel vehicles to count as fuel-competitive vehicles, the council recommends that they should be gasoline-ethanol-methanol flexible, not just gasoline-ethanol flexible. CAFE rulemaking should be refocused on the original goal of energy security, prioritizing the reduction of oil’s importance through a performance-based, technology-neutral approach, the group said. As part of this effort, the metric of miles-per-gallon (mpg) in CAFE should be abandoned as the principal measurement of success since energy density differs across fuels.

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