AJC Applauds House Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill

December 6, 2007 – Washington – The American Jewish Committee applauds the House of Representatives for passing today a comprehensive energy bill, and urges the Senate to quickly adopt the measure.

The bill includes critically important––and historic––provisions that will increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the first time in more than two decades.

“Strengthening CAFE standards is one of the most crucial components of a multifaceted approach to drastically reducing our dependence on foreign oil and securing America’s energy future,” said Richard Foltin, AJC's legislative director.

Once enacted, these provisions will require that, by 2020, all passenger cars and light trucks increase efficiency by roughly 40 percent, to 35 miles-per-gallon. This measure will save the United States. 1.1 million barrels of oil per day by 2020––approximately half of what the U.S. currently imports from the Persian Gulf.

The energy bill also promotes homegrown alternative fuels, with an emphasis on clean cellulosic ethanol; investing in efficient vehicle technologies; raising energy efficiency by setting standards for buildings, appliances and the electricity grid; and encouraging “green jobs” that will be necessary for the emerging sustainable economy.

AJC has been a leading advocate for the development of energy policies that will reduce the United States' dependence on foreign energy sources and protect the environment.

Date: 12/6/2007 12:00:00 AM