Senator Peters Remarks on his Bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act

Senator Peters Remarks on his Bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act


Madam President: Transportation is responsible for roughly
two thirds of our national consumption of petroleum and one of the largest contributors
to greenhouse gas emissions. But imagine a future where we could produce
low cost – secure – clean energy technologies to move people and goods easily
across our nation. Imagine if we could then sell our advanced
American technology and products to the rest of the world. “That is a future – that working together
– we can indeed achieve. There is no question that the cars and trucks
of the future can be equipped with technology to make them safer and more fuel-efficient—while
also saving consumers’ money. “Rapidly emerging technologies have the
potential not only help reduce air emissions – their development would help create jobs
in Michigan and across the nation—jobs that cannot be outsourced. Madam President, we must ensure that the United
States leads the way in developing these innovations. “That’s why I reintroduced the bipartisan
Vehicle Innovation Act with my colleagues Senator Alexander and Senator Stabenow. The Vehicle Innovation Act promotes research
and development investments in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies. “The bill also modernizes the Vehicle Technologies
Office within the Department of Energy, which exists to help create and sustain American
leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. This office’s leadership has already led
to improvements in engine efficiency – vehicle weight reductions, and reduced fuel production
costs – and the Vehicle Innovation Act will help ensure there are continued innovations. “I’m proud to again partner on this bill
with Senator Alexander and fellow Michigander – Senator Debbie Stabenow. Last Congress – we were able to pass the
Vehicle Innovation Act through the Senate. Now with fellow Michigan delegation members,
Congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens leading this bill in the House – there is
no reason that this legislation shouldn’t be enacted into law. “The bill is supported by labor – by industry
– and by conservation groups – including the United Auto Workers, the Motor and Equipment
Manufacturers Association, the Auto Alliance, the BlueGreen Alliance and the Natural Resources
Defense Council. “America should lead the world in clean
energy advancements and I urge my colleagues to support the Vehicle Innovation Act.”

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