The Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act: New Legislation to Encourage Fuel Competition

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Washington, DC, Jul 15, 2014 – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), along with her colleagues, U.S. Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ), introduced the Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act (FCAPS), a bill that would provide automakers the option of reducing their CAFE obligation by four miles per gallon if half or more of the vehicles they manufacture in a model year are warranted to operate on any technology in addition to or instead of petroleum-based fuel.

Statement by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen:

Fuel competition in our transportation sector will improve U.S. energy and national security, increase our foreign policy flexibility, spur economic growth, and lower fuel prices. By providing more options at the pump, we can dampen the impact of oil price volatility and reduce the leverage of oil rich governments and rogue regimes that are unstable, repressive, or hostile to the United States and who use oil as a weapon to undermine U.S. foreign policy efforts. Fuel choice will also allow the American economy to capitalize on our plentiful domestic resources, create jobs, and encourage innovation, all while driving down the price of fuel.

“By providing automakers the option of rolling back costly fuel economy regulations, we are incentivizing a technologically neutral, free market competition for transportation fuels without government mandate and without picking winners and losers. I am proud to introduce the Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act with my colleagues Tom and Matt and look forward to working with the rest of the House to move this important bill forward.”

Statement by Rep. Cole:

"I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing legislation that allows consumers to choose the most cost-effective fueling option at the pump. By encouraging automakers to manufacture cars that operate on a variety of fuels, this allows them to not only meet the necessary CAFE regulations but also be more competitive in the process. Certainly, this legislation helps consumers and automakers alike.”

Statement by Rep. Salmon:

“By incentivizing American auto companies to make better use of our abundant, domestic energy resources, we offer them the opportunity to be a part of the “all-the-above” solution to our national energy and security needs.”

The above is an edited version of the original announcement: Ros-Lehtinen Introduces Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act.

To thank the sponsors of the bill for their forward thinking, and find out what you can do to help, contact:
Keith Fernandez (202) 225-8200 (for Ros-Lehtinen)
Sarah Corley (202) 225-6165 (for Cole)

You can also write to your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the bill. Here's how.

Or visit your Representatives and make your case in person. Here's how.

Transport Topics says this about the new bill: "The most recent corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards require an automaker’s complete model lineup to achieve overall average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025. The program is designed to cut 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold in model years 2012-2025.

"Within this mix, the legislation is meant to level the playing field for alternative technologies, according to bill sponsor Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...

The reductions in requirements contained in the bill would apply to automakers that warranty 50% or more of their vehicles to operate on natural gas, hydrogen, propane or biodiesel; to run on up to 85 percent ethanol; or that are propelled by a fuel cell or something other than an internal combustion engine.

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