Rolling resistance education program gets green light

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President Bush has signed the energy bill into law, which opens the door to the creation of a national rolling resistance education program for consumers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has up to 24 months to start rulemaking on the program.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) says it's is in favor of a national rolling resistance consumer education program rather than the prospect of each state creating its own program.

A national program would "pre-empt 49 states from creating their own programs. California already has their own," says RMA spokesman Dan Zielinski.

The bill also contains language designed to help small business owners reduce their energy costs.

It calls for auto manufacturers to establish a 35 miles per gallon fuel economy standard by 2020.

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