What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Encourage Studies Into Possible Impacts of Increased Fuel Efficiency Standards in Automobiles Without Mandating Efficiency Increases. (2003 senate Roll Call 310)
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S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Encourage Studies Into Possible Impacts of Increased Fuel Efficiency Standards in Automobiles Without Mandating Efficiency Increases.
senate Roll Call 310     Jul 29, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

With the proliferation of SUV's and loopholes in the law that fail to apply automobile fuel efficiency standards to those vehicles, automobiles have the lowest average fuel economy in decades. Progressives have made numerous attempts over the years to increase those standards but to no avail (see RCV #309). The subject of this vote was an amendment by Senator Bond (R-MO) to allow the Energy Secretary to raise fuel efficiency standards only after certifying that the new standards would not adversely impact the economy, consumer choice, or public safety. Progressives viewed Bond's amendment as an attempt to circumvent the issue by requiring completion of a host of complex studies by the Energy Secretary and voted against the measure on those grounds. Progressives also noted that more fuel-efficient technologies already exist, that evidence shows that they are relatively cheap to include in new models, but that the automobile manufacturers simply chose not to incorporate those technologies into their product lines. Nevertheless, twenty-one Democrats sided with the Republicans and the Bond amendment was adopted on a vote of 66-30.

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