The Feinstein-Snowe Bill to "Close the Light Truck Loophole" Is a Major Step Forward

January 30, 2003

Washington, D.C. — Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Snowe (R-ME) today introduced a bill that, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), would reduce the fuel consumption of sport utility vehicles (SUVs), vans, and pickups by one million barrels of oil a day by 2016. The bill raises the average fuel economy of light trucks to match car fuel economy by the year 2011, and also requires that vehicles between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds meet fuel economy standards for the first time. "This is a major step forward," said Therese Langer, ACEEE's Transportation Program Director. "Even without counting the savings from bringing the heaviest passenger vehicles into the fuel economy regime, this bill will save four times as much as the Administration's proposed fuel economy increase. The Feinstein-Snowe targets are well within manufacturers' current capabilities."