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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Salazar Backs Tougher Fuel Standards
(2007-06-14)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Colorado Senator Ken Salazar has jumped on board the push for tougher fuel economy standards.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The first term Democratic had been one of the few remaining members of the U.S. senate to take a position on the new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, known as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE.
SALAZAR: I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ADOPT THE CAFE STANDARDS BY MOVING THEM UP FROM 25 MILES PER GALLON TO 35 MILES PER GALLON. AS WE WORKED ON THE CAFE STANDARDS PART OF THE LEGISLATION WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO INCLUDE IN THERE THE EXEMPTION FOR FARM WORK TRUCKS, AND THAT'S BECAUSE THERE ARE WORK TRUCKS THAT ARE USED BY FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN AMERICA THAT USE A HIGHER AMOUNT OF FUEL AND GIVEN THE FACT I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE IN ENDORSING THESE STANDARDS.
Republican Colorado U.S. Senator Wayne Allard, opposes the tougher fuel standards saying they'd cause the industry to cut back in other areas, such as safety and comfort.
For KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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