Washington, D.C. – Legislation that would require most new cars sold in the U.S. to be able to run on a variety of fuels has been introduced in the Senate and House.

The Open Fuel Standard Act would ensure that by 2015, at least 80 per cent of cars manufactured or sold in the U.S. would be capable of running on a variety of fuels, including an 85 per cent blend of ethanol or methanol. Ethanol can be made from a wide variety of agricultural products, including corn and sugarcane, while methanol can be made from weeds, algae, urban garbage, coal, flared gas, and many other materials.

“Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest national security challenges facing the United States,” said Clifford May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), which commented on the bill. “There are many good reasons to support fuel choice and fuel diversity. Members of Congress from both parties support this legislation because they recognize the need to create a competitive fuel market by breaking oil’s monopoly at the pump. Such legislation will benefit America’s national security, consumers, economy, and environment.”

Earlier this month, FDD sponsored a panel on the prospects of a “net zero” energy tax, that would ensure a minimum price for gasoline to promote investments in alternative fuels, while returning any funds collected directly to taxpayers.

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