Intended to bring fuel competition to the pump, a bipartisan group of Congressmen, including John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19), Eliot Engel (D, New York-17), Roscoe Bartlett (R, Maryland-6), and Steve Israel (D, New York-2) have introduced the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) Act (HR 1687).
The OFS would require that 50 percent of new automobiles in 2014, 80 percent in 2016 and 95 percent in 2017, would be warranted to operate on nonpetroleum fuels in addition to, or instead of, petroleum based fuels.
Congressman Shimkus says it is his goal that consumers have a choice when they pull up to the pump.
“A choice of fuels made from oil, coal, renewable, natural gas, waste products and other feedstock,” said Shimkus. “The consumer can then make a choice based on price or energy source.”
The Illinois Congressman also says the OFS is a way for the country to move toward energy independence.