Tuesday, June 03, 2008

EPA lists fuel-efficient cars members of Congress can lease

2008 Lexus hybrid

This is a terrific idea. Its just sort of sad it took three years to get in done.

And no one should be ashamed to drive that Lexus. Or a BMW?
A congressman's campaign to force members of Congress to drive "green" is gassed up and ready to go.

Lincoln Navigators to tool around the old congressional district? Those were the days, my friend.

At a time when gasoline costs more than $4 per gallon, do lawmakers really want to sit behind the wheel of a big honking SUV or some other gas-guzzling symbol of luxury, and on the taxpayer's dime?

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's three-year drive to bring fuel efficiency to the federal vehicle-leasing program finally got some wheels. The EPA finally has compiled a list of what can be leased under Cleaver's 2005 proposal, which requires members of the House of Representatives who lease a vehicle [at] taxpayer expense to pick one with low greenhouse-gas emissions.

"We have been preaching in Washington the importance of escaping from our dependence on foreign oil and reducing our carbon output," the Missouri Democrat said. "Now, each member who uses taxpayer money to lease a vehicle is forced to walk their talk."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link to the list of vehicles approved by the EPA is know a blank page that asks you to contact the EPA before you search for a vehicle...I wonder why the list is not public information on their website anymore???

12/13/2008 11:40:00 PM  

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