Pryor Sponsors Measure to Improve Fuel Economy

WASHINGTON - Senator Mark Pryor has filed a bipartisan amendment to improve the fuel economy of the nation's vehicles in what his office describes as "an aggressive and achievable approach" as part of the Clean Energy Act of 2007 currently being debated in the Senate.

Pryor said improving fuel efficiency standards is part of a long-term solution to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, protect the environment and lower the cost of fuel that consumers pay at the pump.  He said he believes a balanced approach is necessary to ensure motor vehicle safety.

"Fuel efficiency technology has improved over the last 30 years, but the fuel economy standards for our cars have not," Pryor said.  "To overcome the structural and political hurdles for improving CAFE standards, this bill offers a strong yet sensible approach."