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Reps. Engel and Ros-Lehtinen Reintroduce Bipartisan Open Fuel Act PDF Print Email


By Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Congressman Eliot L. Engel

Jun. 28, 2017:  Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Open Fuel Act, legislation that would require 50 percent of new automobiles in 2020, 80 percent in 2021, and 80 percent in each subsequent year, to operate on nonpetroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum-based fuels. The bill allows for the full array of existing technologies--including plug-in electric drive, fuel cell, flex fuel, natural gas, hydrogen, ethanol, methanol, and biodiesel, as well as a catch-all for new technologies--to meet the new threshold for alternative fuel vehicles.

“There are many reasons for the United States to allow competition among fuels in the transportation sector, from national security to environmental protection to economic prosperity,” Congressman Engel said. “As of now, Americans have no choice at the pump. When the price of gasoline spikes, we buy it anyway because our cars cannot run on anything else. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If we provide a platform for existing fuels to compete, we can give the consumer a choice that will reduce our reliance on foreign sources of energy, promote alternative fuels that will create thousands of new jobs here at home, and protect human health by reducing emissions.”

“South Florida is negatively impacted by the consequences of the burning of fossil fuels, so it is important to continue exploring alternative sources of fuel in order to expand our energy options,” Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen said. “Providing American consumers with compressed-natural-gas cars, biodiesel cars, flex fuel (methanol-ethanol-gasoline-capable) cars, and electric cars will diversify energy consumption resulting in fewer detrimental impacts to our environment via emissions and increased usage of our natural resources and will help alleviate our dependence upon foreign oil.”

“Cutting costs for consumers, creating jobs, strengthening national security, and improving the air we breathe. This bipartisan bill accomplishes all of those goals and I urge my colleagues to see its swift passage in the House,” added Congressman Engel.

Pictured here:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel.

Photo courtesy Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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