To the Editor:
On Nov. 15, you reported on your Web site that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to pass an energy bill that would be "a nice little Christmas present" for Americans.
How could forcing manufacturers' corporate average fuel economy up to 35 mpg by 2020 be considered a gift? The effect would be to push vehicle prices higher or to force people to buy cars and trucks that they don't want - or both.
If American consumers want vehicles that deliver 35 mpg, such vehicles can be bought today. They don't have to be hybrids, either. Many people don't want to drive them.