A month or so ago, just before the State of the Union address, I decided to put my activist’s cap on and write my local U. S. Senator in California, Diane Feinstein about the need for a future filled with hydrogen cars and other green vehicles and green technology. Yesterday, I received a response back. While the response does not address hydrogen cars or green technology directly, it does address reducing emissions from the transportation sector, which is the ultimate goal. Below is what I said and how Senator Feinstein responded.
Hydro Kevin: “I run a hydrogen car website at http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com and would like to call upon your political influence to see to it that more money and resources are appropriated for research and development on hydrogen cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles.”
In the email, I went on to talk about how Ford and GM were lobbying the government for money in order to conduct additional research on lithium-ion battery technology for plug-in hybrids and how this, along with hydrogen car technology, would be beneficial in cutting down on greenhouse gases and global warming.
Senator Feinstein: “Thank you for writing to me to express your support for increasing automobile fuel efficiency standards. I agree that it is time to increase the fuel efficiency of our Nation’s vehicles … By increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, we can significantly reduce our dependence on oil, in addition to decreasing our greenhouse gas emissions.
“I am pleased to share with you that Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and I have introduced the ‘Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act of 2007’ (S. 357).”
Senator Feinstein goes on to talk about how, if the bill passes, fuel economy standards will be raised to 35 mpg over the next 10 years for cars and light trucks and how this will reduce emissions by 18-percent.
More needs to be done, but it’s good to know that our representatives are working in a bipartisan way to address the reduction of greenhouse gases in the transportation sector. Whether by carrot or stick, this is an issue that needs to be addressed now so that we all can breathe a little easier later on.