Not in particular related to our favorite subject, global warming since it also lowers the demand for OPEC oil, but what do you all support for Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards? Our current averages are 27.5 for automobiles, 20.5 for light trucks. For the 20 or so years prior to 2007 CAFE standards remained pointlessly stagnant and thanks to a shift towards using trucks to haul shrinking American families around effective fuel economy lowered from 26.2 mpg in 1988 to 24.6 by 2004. Thanks to the Energy Independence Act of 2007 (produced by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Republican Bush) the separate standards will be updated and raised to 35mpg by 2020. I'm thrilled the standards are at least combined, fixing the SUV loophole. I'm not impressed that over a period of 32 years we can only expect autos to gain 8.8mpg of efficiency assuming the average vehicle sold in 2020 gets only 35mpg. (if we were serious about lowering the value of OPEC oil and supporting our troops I'd favor 35mpg by 2015 and 40 mpg by 2020.) Also there has been a tacked on provision to the Energy Independence Act which allows companies to sell excess fuel economy to companies which don't meet the standards. I have very mixed feelings about this. On one hand I understand the urge to economically reward any manufacturer with a fleet that averages over the requirement. On the other I don't want to allow companies making a mint selling vehicles which get cruddy fuel economy to "buy their way out of it". I believe banking, saving, or trading is a bit convoluted and goes against the spirit of the bill to raise our standards. But I'm open to discussion showing me how it can help. Also I understand the European Union uses 45 mpg for their current standard and has very high taxes on fuel which also encourages efficiency. Japan supposedly has higher. Although I can not find information concerning if this is a toothless regulation I recall a vague figure of 35mpg for the current European average.