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Referred in Senate (07/27/2006)

 
[Congressional Bills 109th Congress]
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[H.R. 5611 Referred in Senate (RFS)]


109th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 5611


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                July 27 (legislative day, July 26), 2006

   Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
                           Natural Resources

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                                 AN ACT


 
    To authorize a partnership between the Secretary of Energy and 
 appropriate industry groups for the creation of a transportation fuel 
        conservation education campaign, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited at the ``Fuel Consumption Education Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds that--
            (1) today's gasoline prices are taking a severe toll on the 
        pocketbooks of all Americans;
            (2) a large number of factors contribute to the price of 
        gasoline, including worldwide demand for crude oil, taxes, 
        international conflicts, regional supply chains, environmental 
        regulations, and refining capacity;
            (3) individuals can take steps to address rising demand by 
        using a few simple gas saving tips; and
            (4) increased driving efficiency will lower the demand for 
        gasoline and thereby lower prices in the short term.

SEC. 3. PARTNERSHIP.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary of Energy, through the existing 
programs at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, shall 
enter into a partnership with interested industry groups, including 
groups from the automotive, gasoline refining, and oil industries, to 
carry out a public education campaign that provides information to 
United States drivers about immediate measures that may be taken to 
conserve transportation fuel. This public-private partnership shall 
include a five member advisory board, to be chaired by the Secretary or 
his designee, which shall include representatives from the Department 
of Energy, the oil industry, the automotive industry, and the Congress, 
to be appointed by the Secretary. The Secretary shall appoint the 
advisory board not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act.
    (b) Accessibility.--The public information campaign under this 
section shall be targeted to reach the widest audience possible. The 
education campaign shall include television, print, Internet website, 
or any other method designed to maximize the dissemination of 
transportation fuel savings information to drivers.
    (c) Funding.--The Secretary is authorized to expend not more than 
$10,000,000 to carry out this section from funds previously authorized 
to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, but shall 
provide no more than 50 percent of the cost of carrying out this 
section.

SEC. 4. PARTNERSHIP ON FUEL SUPPLY FOR EVACUATIONS.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary of Energy, through the existing 
programs at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, shall 
enter into a partnership with interested industry groups and State and 
local governments, including groups from the gasoline refining and 
marketing industries, to carry out an education campaign that provides 
information to the State and local governments and the private sector 
about best practices to ensure adequate fuel supplies during emergency 
evacuations. This public-private partnership shall include a five 
member advisory board, to be chaired by the Secretary or his designee, 
which shall include representatives from the Department of Energy, the 
gasoline refining industry, the gasoline marketing industry, a State 
government, and a unit of local government. The Secretary shall appoint 
the advisory board not later than 30 days after the date of enactment 
of this Act.
    (b) Funding.--The Secretary is authorized to expend not more than 
$3,000,000 to carry out this section from funds previously authorized 
to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

            Passed the House of Representatives July 26, 2006.

            Attest:

                                                 KAREN L. HAAS,

                                                                 Clerk.

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