Rep. Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) wrote a letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barney Frank this week, asking the House to consider federal assistance to the U.S. auto industry - including "serious and bold steps" in support of biofuels, which will help meet the twin challenges of energy independence and climate change.
The letter states that in order to access federal financing, U.S. automakers should:
- Redouble their commitment to meet or exceed fuel economy standards set for them by Congress;
- Agree not to place unfounded warranty objections in the way of the widespread adoption of mid-range ethanol blends like E15 for use in standard vehicles;
- Transform their aspirational goal for the production of flex-fuel vehicles -- 50% of production by 2012 -- to a hard and enforceable goal of reaching that level by 2012 or sooner.
It's time to move on to blends of ethanol beyond 10 percent, and these action steps would set the wheels in motion today.
Posted by KB, 11/20/08