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    Default National speed limit pushed as gas saver

    National speed limit pushed as gas saver -

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An influential Republican senator suggested Thursday that Congress might want to consider reimposing a national speed limit to save gasoline and possibly ease fuel prices.

    Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in Congress to require a lower speed limit.
    Congress in 1974 set a national 55 mph speed limit because of energy shortages caused by the Arab oil embargo. The speed limit was repealed in 1995 when crude oil dipped to $17 a barrel and gasoline cost $1.10 a gallon.
    As motorists headed on trips for this Fourth of July weekend, gasoline averaged $4.10 a gallon nationwide, with oil hovering around $145 a barrel.
    Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country's highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year.
    "Given the significant increase in the number of vehicles on America's highway system from 1974 to 2008, one could assume that the amount of fuel that could be conserved today is far greater," Warner wrote Bodman.
    Warner asked the department to determine at what speeds vehicles would be most fuel efficient, how much fuel savings would be achieved, and whether it would be reasonable to assume there would be a reduction in prices at the pump if the speed limit were lowered.

    Energy Department spokeswoman Angela Hill said the department will review Warner's letter but added, "If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production."
    The department's Web site says that fuel efficiency decreases rapidly when traveling faster than 60 mph. Every additional 5 mph over that threshold is estimated to cost motorists "essentially an additional 30 cents per gallon in fuel costs," Warner said in his letter, citing the DOE data.

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    Congress is so full of crap these days. Instead of lowering the prices they think they can just have everyone drive slower.

    We could all drive 20 MPH to prevent accidents too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noTe View Post

    Congress is so full of crap these days. Instead of lowering the prices they think they can just have everyone drive slower.

    We could all drive 20 MPH to prevent accidents too.
    Yes! perfect.

    State highways 20mph
    In city 15 Mph
    Feeder roads 5 mph
    Other 1mph

    We could save so many lives

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    why don't they just ban cars altogether just think of how many lives they will save then. then they can put a $500 dollar tax on shoes, $1000 dollar tax on bicycles,..etc.

    or instead they could take all the tax dollars they are waisting on these stupid studies and invest in new technology to reduce our dependence on oil. I am not at all for government spending at but if they are going to spend the money at least do it on something that will make us feel like we are getting something for our money.

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    The problem is they passed this type of legislation back in the 1970's and the 55 mph National Speed Limit lasted for quite a few years. If everyone just does nothing about this, then it will pass and we all be mad as H*^l. Tell the govt we don't want them getting involved in "our" business.



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