Audit Needed to Track Government's Energy-Saving Programs

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As the federal government enacts proposals to become more environmentally friendly, Senator Mark Pryor says officials also need to monitor just how effective these energy-saving programs are.

Pryor, a Democrat, says he plans to introduce an amendment to an energy bill now under consideration by the Senate that would call for an energy audit of the federal government.

The energy bill before the Senate also urges automakers to increase fuel economy to a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.  The auto standard of 27.5 miles per gallon was last increased 18 years ago.  The standard for sports utility vehicles and small trucks is 22.2 miles per gallon.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the bill would help reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil.  Executives with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have argued that the bill's requirements may not be achievable.

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