|Bipartisan Coalition introduces bill to boost alternative fuel use
United States Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), joined by Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Ken Salazar (D-CO), introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at breaking America’s dependence on foreign oil. The bill, known as the DRIVE Act was introduced January 18.
Through a variety of steps including increased production of ethanol and tax incentives, the DRIVE Act would reduce United States oil use by seven million barrels per day in 20 years – more than twice what we import from the Middle East.
The DRIVE Act is the re-introduced version of the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act from the 109th Congress. Twenty-two senators have already signed up to co-sponsor the DRIVE Act upon its re-introduction.
“The DRIVE Act would help the United States save 2.5 million barrels of oil per day by 2016 and 10 million barrels per day by 2031,” said Senator Salazar. “Our bipartisan bill includes simple, sensible strategies for getting more plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road and for getting more biofuels to the market.”
Among the steps outlined in the bill are proposals that would:
Increase availability of home-grown, renewable fuels;
Provide tax credits for manufacturers of hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and flex fuel vehicles;
Requires federal and state vehicle fleets to cut oil use by 30 percent by 2016 and ensure that government sets an example for energy innovation.