(AP) – That from U-S Senator Olympia Snowe after the Senate passed an energy bill yesterday. It faces a House vote, perhaps next week.
Snowe says that with the bill’s passage, the country is building a foundation of energy security and addressing climate change. It would raise the fuel economy standard for cars, trucks and S-U-Vs to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
The legislation would also require huge increases in the production of ethanol and impose new laws against energy price-gouging. It also proposes new appliance and lighting efficiency standards.