October 25, 2005
Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman thinks 10 percent of all the new cars sold in the U.S. ought to be hybrids within two years, no matter how much they cost and says he will introduce a bill that would the make the hybrid quota the law, in part to reduce global warming.

Lieberman told a global climate change conference at Yale University that after a century of debate, evidence of manmade global warming is overwhelming.

"If the leadership of the United States does not come to grips with the fact that we need a new energy policy then we are not only putting this nations security, economy and public health at risk, but the worlds as well," Lieberman told the conference.

Lieberman predicts that plug-in hybrids could use alcohol-enhanced fuel to achieve up to 500 miles per gallon and contribute to the reduction in hydrocarbon pollution.

The batteries in hybrid plug-ins can be charged when the engine is off. A growing number of hybrid owners are experimenting with plug-ins in an effort to radically increase mileage.

Lieberman told the conference that he plans to introduce legislation soon to establish a federal mandate requiring 10 percent of new cars to be hybrid electric plug-in or alternative fuel vehicles by 2007.

By 2014 Lieberman would require 50 percent of the new cars sold in America to be hybrid electric or based on some other gasoline-saving technology.

Lieberman and Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona introduced a similar bill last year but it was defeated 60-38.