Senate To Consider Controversial Energy Bill

Senate To Consider Controversial Energy Bill

Experts Available for Analysis of Daschle Proposal
February 26, 2002

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2002 — The Senate is expected to begin debate this week on a major anti-energy bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).  The final bill is likely to contain an array of new programs, including tighter fuel economy standards for new cars, increased subsidies for alternative energy sources, and new global warming programs. 

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The profile of the emerging bill is troubling for a number of reasons, including the proposal to raise the government’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for new cars.  “As scientific analysis has repeatedly demonstrated, higher fuel economy standards kill as many as 2,600 people a year by forcing the downsizing of passenger vehicles,” said Sam Kazman, CEI’s general counsel.  “Higher efficiency targets would only increase the number of deaths.” 

Other elements of the plan hardly fare better.  “If enacted into law, Daschle's bill will lower energy supplies, raise energy prices for consumers, and waste tens of billions of taxpayer dollars on pay-offs to special interests,” added Myron Ebell, director of global warming & international environmental policy at CEI.  “The only possible supporters of this enormity are corporations like Enron that hope to cash in by gaming the system.”

Experts Available for Interviews on the Daschle Energy Bill

Myron EbellDirector of Global Warming Policymebell@cei.org Recently featured in: The Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Journal, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and other outlets. Christopher C. HornerSenior Fellowchorner@cei.org Recently featured in: The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Los Angeles Times, Marketplace (NPR), Tech Central Station, and other outlets. Sam KazmanGeneral Counselskazman@cei.org Recently featured in: The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and other outlets.

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