Jan 152015
 

Although electric and hybrid vehicle technology has greatly improved, many feel advances in battery technology are needed before these cars can compete with conventionally fueled vehicles. Alternative fuel vehicles using biofuels, natural gas and fuel cells hold much promise in reducing emissions. Cars powered by fuel cells are fueled with hydrogen and emit zero emissions. Toyota and Ford will soon offer fuel cell vehicles to consumers for about $70,000. Those concerned with the environment say more must be done to address the immediate problems resulting from climate change, in large part caused by the vehicles we drive. They say that much progress has been made during the past 30 years despite minimum government-funded research. They claim technical breakthroughs are close at hand but research will be the key to advancing alternative fuel technologies.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.2493 – Open Fuel Standard Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current vehicle alternative fuels policy and wish to defeat H.R.2493

I support requiring vehicle manufacturers to offer 30% of their vehicles to be powered by alternative fuels by 2016, and 50% of their vehicles manufactured by 2017, and wish to pass H.R.2493

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

Fuel efficiency is as important a factor in reducing emissions and our dependence on oil, as using alternative fuels, mass transportation and bicycles. The Obama Administration has nearly doubled the vehicle fuel efficiency standard for 2025 automobiles from 28 to 54.5 miles per gallon. In hope that technology will be a key to fuel efficiency, companies like Google are building cars that can drive themselves with algorithms and sensors. Driverless cars will be able to bunch closer together at steadier speeds. Traffic jams and accidents will become a thing of the past. It is estimated that the reduction in wind drag from vehicles traveling closely together could reduce fuel use by 25%. Driverless vehicles could also be built much lighter since collisions will no longer be a concern. Cars that currently weigh 4,000 pounds could one day weigh less than 1,000 pounds, nearly doubling fuel efficiency. Supporters also say that light, driverless cars will make the transition to electric vehicles easier since theses vehicles could travel further on a single battery charge. Opponents claim driverless cars will not reduce fuel consumption since they will allow more people to “drive” including those under 16, the elderly, the disabled and those taking medication. They also say this technology could cause public transportation to loose its allure and for urban sprawl to grow. Some worry of accidents resulting from technical problems or unforeseen circumstances. Great Britain has recently announced a pilot program to allow driverless cars on public roads beginning this year.

Pending Legislation: None

I oppose reforming current driverless vehicle policy

I support efforts to identify a legislator who will sponsor a bill to promote the use of driverless vehicle technology

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

About 70% of the gasoline sold in the U.S. is produced by just five oil companies. It is estimated they have recorded at least a trillion dollars in profits since 2002 and most, if not all, have posted 100% profit increases during this time. These corporations also continue reap billions in annual taxpayer subsidies. Consumer advocates claim that for many years, oil companies have maintained high gasoline prices by engaging in uncompetitive behaviors such as collusion, price fixing and consumer price gouging. They say fuel prices have only recently decreased because of a nearly-unprecedented glut of crude oil on the world market, much of it from newly-developed shale oil fields in North Dakota and Texas. They claim low fuel prices will only last until the market stabilizes, after which prices will likely rebound. Since 1973, oil companies have been banned from exporting crude oil abroad, but this ban did not prohibit exports of refined petroleum products. Critics claim oil companies use this loophole to export about 4 million gallons of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel each day, increasing the cost of domestic fuels. Oil companies now wish to repeal the export ban altogether in order to sell crude oil on the world market. And the Obama administration has recently agreed to allow these sales. Opponents wish to reinstitute the crude oil export ban and expand it to include refined petroleum products.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.1190 – Keep America’s Oil Here Act

I oppose reforming current gasoline price control policy and wish to defeat H.R.1190

I support authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to accept bids on any new oil and gas leases of federal lands (including submerged lands) only from bidders certifying that all crude oil produced under such leases, and all refined petroleum products made from such crude oil, shall be offered for sale only in the United States, and wish to pass H.R.1190

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill authorizing the President to issue temporary orders and regulations, including price caps, to stabilize the price of gasoline

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to impose cost-plus price controls on the retail price of gasoline which limit oil company profits to historical levels

 Posted by at 12:00 am