- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 23, 2007

President Bush tonight will call for reducing gasoline use by 20 percent by 2017, according to lobbyists and strategists briefed by the White House. That includes increasing the amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, to 35 billion gallons a year by 2017. The current goal is 7.5 billions gallons by 2010. The plan also calls for higher vehicle fleet fuel efficiency standards. In his 40-minute speech Mr. Bush will spend half the time defending his Iraq policy and the rest of the time making the case for cooperation in Congress between Republicans and Democrats on education, health care, immigration and energy.

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