U.S. president proposes new fuel standards



U.S. President George W. Bush in a 14 May speech proposed several steps meant to decrease U.S. gasoline consumption by 20% over the next 10 years. Proposed legislation the administration sent to the U.S. Congress would increase the supply of renewable and alternative fuels to 35 billion gallons by 2017, which would displace about 15% of projected fuel use, and would set tighter fuel standards for cars. In addition, in response to the April U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the president instructed federal agencies to coordinate their activities when developing regulations that may affect greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.