Tom Vilsack, the two-term Iowa governor and first Democrat to file as a presidential candidate for the 2008 election, says doubling the CAFE standards over the next 10 years would help the country get serious about hybrid vehicles and fuel-cell cars. Speaking at the University of Colorado, Visack promised that renewable energy will be a "pillar" of his campaign platform. He said renewable energy can unite the country as well as make it more secure. Vilsack, already with MySpace, Facebook and YouTube presences, says the country has moral and economic reasons for committing to renewable sources. A staunch proponent of ethanol, Vilsack says any federal subsidies for renewable energy should go to the consumers, not oil industry. Let the race begin!

[Source: Catherine Tsai/Associated Press via CBS 4 Denver]

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