By Robert Werner, staff writer
ACT! for America recently sent out a “Special Action Alert” requesting support for a Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19] sponsored bill, H.R. 1687 - Open Fuel Standardization Act. The bill promises “to ensure that new vehicles enable fuel competition so as to reduce the strategic importance of oil to the United States.” According to ACT! for America, the bill is “one common sense approach to energy independence!” Reading the actual bill, however, may lead you to a different conclusion.
Washington, it seems, has determined that our energy problems are because the auto manufacturers simply aren’t giving us the right choices to make when we peruse their dealership lots. Rep. Shimkus, along with co-sponsors Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6], Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28], Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17], Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2], Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2], and Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] sprang into action and crafted a bill that only Cass Sunstein could appreciate. H.R. 1687 would mandate that 50% of all new cars and light duty trucks produced by 2014 be engineered to run on some type of alternative fuel.
By 2016, the percentage of new alternative fuel vehicles increases to 80%; finally topping out at 95% in 2017. Step aside, Free Market, Big Government coming through! If only “We The People” weren’t so obtuse. Unwilling to do the right thing; passing over Chevy Volts in favor of Ford F-Series Pickups and Honda Accords. Shame, shame.
Unburdened by frivolous things such as actual consumer demand, the Government will save us from our folly. We’ll plug millions of new electric cars into our aging and already underpowered electrical grid. It doesn’t get more green than electricity after all (never mind all of those pesky coal plants). Want to drive more than 40 miles, you say? Common sense in Washington dictates that we should burn food in our cars (Ethanol, Biodiesel). Don’t you worry one little bit… food prices couldn’t possibly be affected by the added demand on our corn fields. The world will love us for being so green.
Think you’ll outsmart them by maintaining your current gas guzzling beast? Plan on camping out at the dealership for a chance to buy a rare, new gasoline burning car? Imagine the gas stations of the future… now supplying us with natural gas, hydrogen, biodiesel, E85 (Ethanol), M85 (Methanol), and charging stations. How many pumps do you think will be left for you?
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