On the surface of it, this SEEMS like a good thing, but unless it’s executed very carefully by people who actually think ahead, the biggest effect it’s going to have is to cause already too high fuel prices to skyrocket.

Instead, perhaps NOW the auto industry could get off it’s collective kiesters and start coming up with REALLY fuel effecient cars…  As in 90 – 100 miles per gallon and also to get moving on hydrogen fueled cars.

Think about it, hydrogen is THE most plentiful substance in the known universe, it burns clean and does not pollute the environment.  Why has this not been seriously explored on a truely large scale?  I think the answer involves very intense greed.

Bush to Seek Cutback in Gas Consumption

WASHINGTON (AP) – In his first State of the Union address to a Democratic-controlled Congress, President Bush is calling for Americans to slash gasoline consumption by up to 20 percent by 2017.

Bush envisions the goal being achieved primarily through a sharp escalation in the amount of ethanol and other alternative fuels that the federal government mandates must be produced. The rest of the fuel use reduction is to come from raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars, Joel Kaplan, White House deputy chief of staff, told reporters in a briefing before Bush’s Tuesday night speech to a joint session of Congress.

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