Obama differentiated his own fuel economy policy from McCain's by his focus on immediate action. "I have a plan to raise the fuel standards in our cars and trucks with technology we have on the shelf today," Obama told reporters in Michigan. One of the democrat senator’s proposals includes a doubling of fleet fuel-economy requirements by 2027 to 50mpg.
Obama also likened the current fuel crisis to the race to land on the moon - a goal that cannot be realized by a prize for one company or individual to create an advanced battery. Its solution requires the entire effort of the nation and the full resources of the government, he explained.
The democrat senator now plans to meet with auto executives and factory workers, including Ford CEO Alan Mulally later today and GM chief Rick Wagoner on Thursday, reports The Detroit News.