So President Bush is going to sign the energy bill … and that bill is going to change everything from the way we drive to what our groceries cost. I know Congress has been working on this basically forever. But before the ink is dry, how about a do over?
Yes, we applaud the raising of CAFE standards. For the first time in recent memory, automobile manufacturers will have to raise the miles-per-gallon average of their fleets.
This is huge. And long overdue.
Had the U.S. had better standards in place a decade ago, Detroit would be leading the world in fuel efficient cars -- not closing down plants because gas guzzlers have gone out of style.
But, ethanol? Is a goal of 26 billion gallons of production by 2022 really a good idea? That's five times current levels. The ethanol boom has already driven the price of commodities through the roof.
Great. The air will be a little cleaner. But a loaf of bread will cost ten bucks.
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