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Old 02-23-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Bush reiterates gas consumption goals

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WASHINGTON - President Bush peered under the hood of an all-electric sport utility truck parked at the White House Friday to stress that his goal of reducing gasoline use by 20 percent over the next decade is realistic.

"I firmly believe that the goal I laid out that Americans will use 20 percent less gasoline over the next 10 years is going to be achieved, and here's living proof of how we're going to get there," Bush said on the South Lawn after examining the SUV and a car that had a battery tucked in its trunk.

Bush's energy proposals, made in his State of the Union address last month, include ramping up the production of alternative fuels such as ethanol made from new, non-corn feedstocks. The proposal calls on Congress to require the annual use of 35 billion gallons of ethanol and other alternative fuels such as biodiesel by 2017, a fivefold increase over current requirements.

White House aides said the sharp increase in alternative fuels and technological changes, including the use of more gas-electric hybrid cars, will cut projected gasoline demand by 20 percent over the next decade.

"We're going to be driving our cars using all kinds of different fuels other than gasoline, and using batteries that will be able to be recharged in vehicles that don't have to look like golf carts," Bush said after meeting with business leaders and scientists who believe there is a market for automobiles that use high-tech batteries.

The hybrid car that Bush inspected had a high-power lithium-ion battery made by A123 Systems of Watertown, Mass. It can power the car for about 40 miles and recharge in five hours. The white truck, made by Phoenix Motorcars Inc. of Ontario, Calif., has a range of 130 miles and can be recharged in about 10 minutes with a rapid-charging unit or trickle-charged overnight with its onboard charger.

"It's the same thing you plug your electric dryer into," said Bryon Bliss, vice president of sales with Phoenix Motorcars.

"My wife, she gets out with our kids during the week and I swear she could drive all week on this vehicle on one charge. She goes to the grocery stores, go to the zoo with the kids and such, but she doesn't go that far," he said.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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I am glad to see that hopefully people are finally listening to what we're doing to the planet. put those high flow cats in guys, you're gonna loose what, a couple hp at best
even better save the scooby for weekends, and bike to work if you can, even if it's just a few times a week. i know alot of people dislike the winter but for those of us who do, help save winter so we can take our future kids skiing/boarding!
oh ya, and not having florida, new york and other southern states under water ain't too bad a benefit either!
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Wait a minute here, just a few weeks ago Bush was saying that he will not sign into law the mandate to produce cars with higher mpg ratings because it'll put Detroit auto companies out of business.
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I am glad to see that hopefully people are finally listening to what we're doing to the planet. put those high flow cats in guys, you're gonna loose what, a couple hp at best
Unfortunately, while cats are very good for the quality of the air that we breath (much less smog, acid rain, etc), cats actually make global warming worse as they significantly increase CO2 and nitrous oxide emissions.
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Wait a minute here, just a few weeks ago Bush was saying that he will not sign into law the mandate to produce cars with higher mpg ratings because it'll put Detroit auto companies out of business.
This release doesn't say that he'll sign anything into law, but propose programs to reduce gas consumption through biofuels and other alternatives.

Remember that the Big 3 love biofuels and currently use a biofuel loophole to get a huge break with CAFE standards even though most flex-fuel cars never see any E85 in their lifetime.
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