September 6, 2005

U.S. Senate must look at tougher mileage rules – senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate should take a closer
look at imposing stricter vehicle mileage standards to slow
down the nation's consumption of oil, the head of the Senate
Energy Committee said on Tuesday.

"I believe we must take another look at CAFE (Corporate
Average Fuel Economy) standards," Sen. Pete Domenici, a New
Mexico Republican, said in remarks as his committee began a
hearing on rising gasoline prices since Hurricane Katrina.

Last month, the Bush administration proposed to raise the
requirement for sport utility vehicles and mini-vans to 22.2
miles per gallon (mpg), from 20.7 mpg required in the 2005-7
model years. That plan has been criticised by environmental
groups and many Democratic lawmakers for not going far enough
to rein in U.S. oil consumption.