Tancredo Calls for All U.S. Cars to Be Flex-Fueled by 2018

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), formerly a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is calling for all new U.S. cars to run on gasoline/alternative fuel blends by 2018.

Tancredo plans to introduce legislation today that would institute such a requirement, his office announced this afternoon in a press release. Tancredo's bill would mandate that all passenger cars run on flex-fuel blends, such as E-85, of gasoline and alcohol-based fuels such as ethanol. The requirement would begin to take effect on cars produced in model year 2018.

Tancredo made a name for himself in the 2008 presidential race by running on a hard-line immigration platform, making passionate calls for increased border security. Tancredo ran television ads in Iowa that used images of Central American gang murders and predicted terrorist attacks, arguing that illegal immigration poses a frightening security threat to U.S. citizens.

Tancredo's release today said cars that run on flex fuel blends cost about $100 more to manufacture.

"More than 17 million new cars roll onto America's highways each year, most of them capable of running only on gasoline that now costs more than $4 per gallon," the release said. "These vehicles will have an average life span of nearly 20 years, guaranteeing that American motorists will be sending more and more of their hard earned money to places like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia unless some action is taken to develop domestic oil supplies and reduce consumption of oil imports."