President Bush's' New Energy Bill Hits Close to Home

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President Bush today signed a landmark energy bill in Washington; it mandates better fuel efficiency for cars and even spells the end for the incandescent light bulb.

Mandated changes are forcing out the old and pumping up production on the new trying to lessen dependence on foreign oil, beginning with what we drive. By the year 2020 all automakers must produce cars and trucks that get an average of 35 miles to the gallon.

Since much of our local economy many say it's not realistic for all vehicles to get 35 miles to the gallon, making it hard for the energy industry and ranchers. The new law also boosts ethanol production to 36 billion gallons by 2020 Local farmers are also wondering whether corn will do the job because it takes more energy to produce it then the energy it provides. So things like switch grass and wood chips will be used in the future.

From how we fuel or cars to how we light our homes, the president’s energy bill mandates a switch from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent lighting. The energy savings from a fluorescent bulb is around a quarter of what an incandescent light bulb puts out. While fluorescent bulbs cost about ten times more than incandescent bulbs the longevity of the fluorescent bulb will make up for it.

It's a landmark law driving Americans to change the way they use energy down the road. Some critics say this law falls short because it focuses on cutting down energy demand but doesn't aggressively build up domestic energy supplies.

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