Statement of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Energy Bill Signed Into Law

Posted on December 19, 2007

“Telling automakers in this country that they have to make cleaner cars and trucks that use less fuel is the single best way our nation can start curbing our dependence on foreign oil – and that’s what this bill does. It will help people at the pump, cleans the air and preserves the great American outdoors. In addition, it increases the opportunities for Tennessee to become a center for biofuels by providing incentives to create more fuel from soybeans, plants and switchgrass. This legislation is a great example of the good work Congress and the President can do when we work together across party lines.” The bill signed by the president today: - Increases renewable fuel production standards to require that 36 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel be included in gasoline and diesel fuels by 2022. - Includes a Capitol Power Plant Demonstration project, authored by Alexander, which would demonstrate technologies to reduce carbon dioxide pollution at the plant that powers the U.S. Capitol complex that houses Congress. - Prioritizes energy efficiency, and the most important provision raises fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to an average of 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020. This is the first increase in fuel economy standards since 1975. # # #