Senate Tells President to Save 1 Million Barrels of Oil a Day

Release Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Alliance to Save Energy Applauds Step Forward for Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy today congratulates the Senate for adopting an oil-saving amendment that directs the President to save at least one million barrels of oil a day by 2013. The landmark amendment – sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) passed 99-1.

“Today the Senate passed an important measure to increase our energy efficiency and reduce our wasteful oil dependence,” said Kara Saul Rinaldi, director of policy for the Alliance. “We congratulate the Senate on this important step to conserve oil through energy efficiency.”

Rinaldi added, “While there are many ways for the President to save oil, from weatherization to implementing tire efficiency standards, the best and most cost-effective way is through increasing the fuel economy of America’s cars and light trucks. We urge the Senate to take the next step and significantly increase fuel economy standards when they come to the Senate floor.

“In fact, this amendment is modest compared to where energy-efficient automobile technology is today. We must continue to work to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our oil consumption to help protect the environment, boost the economy and enhance national security,” Rinaldi said.