WASHINGTON (July 19, 2001)—The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to consider a Bush administration energy package that among other things would raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard for sports-utility vehicles by one mile per gallon.
Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-Texas, and ranking Democrat John Dingell, D-Mich., say the change will save 5 billion gallons of gasoline over the next six years. But Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., say they will fight to get the CAFÃ standard raised to a 40-mpg fleet average by 2017.
Mr. Markey tried but failed to get the 40-mpg standard approved in subcommittee. The House bill also would ban the manufacture, sale and transport of diesel fuel for commercial vehicles that contains more than 15 parts per million of sulfur.