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Just how important are plug-in vehicles (PHVs) to America? According to Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA, pictured), the chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and Reed Hundt, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993-1997, PHVs are one of the three items that can potentially revitalize the U.S. economy with millions of new jobs. Markey and Reed write at TPM:

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formed the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in early 2007, her intent was to let the body draw attention to the two issues in the Committee's name. The Committee might not have the teeth it needs to enforce anything, but it can certainly turn the cameras on the energy issues of the day.

Even if you don't like cars, you can enjoy the NPR show Car Talk. And, even if you're not too familiar with the ins and outs of the upcoming CAFE legislation, you can listen to Car Talk's Click and Clack (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) and understand that they're in favor of more fuel-efficient cars.