May 13 -- What we consumers like to drive will be a topic of conversation as the Senate debates a major energy bill.
The EPA says that automakers could be building cars and trucks that get 33 percent better fuel economy, if you and I would be satisfied with the type of vehicles we bought in 1981.
Since then, automakers have learned how to coax more energy out of gasoline. But they have raised horsepower, not fuel economy, because for years Congress hasn't raised the bar with stricter standards.
The automakers say we consumers demand heavier SUVs and more horsepower.
What does it mean? Automakers have the ability to meet tougher fuel economy standards. But it's not likely that Congress will force them to do so.