Light Duty Fuel Economy
With gasoline prices hovering around $3 per gallon, and the prices of many other energy sources high as well, dozens of bills have recently been introduced in Congress to address our continuing energy problems. However, most of these bills are "message bills" designed to send a message back home rather than serious attempts to pass legislation.
Washington, D.C. — Criticizing recent proposals to reduce gasoline prices as too weak and one-sided, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today called on government and business leaders to launch a vigorous public awareness and policy effort aimed at cutting pump prices by easing America's gasoline consumption.
Washington, D.C. — Changes announced today to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations for light duty trucks fall far short of the oil-addiction recovery goal set by President Bush in his State of the Union address, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
America's dependence on foreign sources of oil continues to grow. Without significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled, implementation of more fuel-efficient technology, or use of a diversity of fuels, this trend will continue.
Percentage of Oil Imported
Source: EERE's Transportation Energy Data Book Ed. 24
Projected Percentage of Oil Imported
Carbon dioxide is the predominant global warming pollutant, accounting for eighty percent of global warming emissions. Contrary to the goals set out in legislation recently considered in the U.S. Senate, emissions have continued to increase. Transportation is responsible for 32.3% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. While the U.S. has made progress in reducing vehicles' emissions of regulated pollutants such as ozone precursors, CO2 emissions from the transporatation sector continue to rise.
Growing U.S. Carbon Emissions
Energy Policy Act of 2005 Enacted — Contains Useful Provisions But Leaves Many Opportunities on the Table
On August 8th, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law after 4 ½ years of work by Congress. The new law deals with a wide array of topics including energy efficiency, renewable energy, coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power. From an energy efficiency perspective, highlights of the new law include establishment of new appliance and equipment efficiency standards on 16 products, and tax incentives for efficient appliances, air conditioners, furnaces, new homes, commercial buildings, as well as new hybrid and efficient diesel vehicles.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hurricane Katrina, in addition to causing massive destruction and human tragedy on the Gulf Coast, is creating aftershocks in energy markets that will affect most Americans for the coming months or longer. Early energy market trends include:
Gasoline prices spiking above $3, causing panic buying in several states. Heating oil prices have already reached $2.50 per gallon in some areas. Surging wholesale prices indicate further increases are coming.
Washington, D.C. — Proposed changes to the nation's passenger truck fuel economy standards fall far short of a solution to current energy problems, claims the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Worse yet, they offer the auto industry greater wiggle room to avoid making honest efficiency improvements in their vehicles.