What a difference three miles and two years makes. While the automakers were less-than-pleased by the Senate's 35 mpg by 2020
plan that was approved about ten days ago. Now, the U.S. House is working on its own version of the energy bill, and Reps. Baron Hill (D-Ind) and Lee Terry (R-Neb) have introduced a gas mileage plan that would change those numbers down to 32 mpg by 2022
. The AP is reporting that this new standard has the support of the Auto Alliance
, which represents BMW
Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company
, General Motors
, and Volkswagen
of America, Inc. The group called 32 by 2022 "rational" and "achievable."
This fight is far from over, as the AP notes that there are still 150 House members who support an even quicker implementation (by two years) of the Senate's 35 mpg plan.
Here are some recent post for more context: