Lawmakers Give Up Guzzlers—Grudgingly

Energy bill amendment forces House reps to ditch taxpayer-funded gas-guzzlers
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2008 8:32 AM CDT
The New Fisker Four Door Sports Sedan Plug-in Hybrid.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
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(Newser) – Last year's energy bill requiring House members to drive eco-friendly vehicles—if taxpayers are footing the bill—has some reps turning green at the thought of giving up their gas guzzlers, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I guarantee you my district is not upset that I'm driving a Chevy Tahoe," says one Texas Republican whose district manufactures the SUVs. "A Prius isn't made in the United States."

A Missouri Democrat sponsored the amendment, which goes into effect this year. It applies to House members who exercise the option to lease vehicles on the taxpayer dime. "They want their Lexuses and their Cadillacs," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. "I just think it's a poor example.” His wheels? A van that runs on cooking grease.