Former Bush Transportation secretary to talk fuel economy standards

Former President George W. Bush's transportation secretary Norman Mineta will deliver a speech next week in Washington about fuel economy standards for cars.

Mineta, who served in President Bush's Cabinet until 2006 and before that as Democratic member of California's House delegation, will speak Monday at the National Press Club. Mineta will make the case for "technology neutral" clean-energy policies for automobiles.

"Secretary Mineta will encourage federal and state policymakers to establish performance-based targets rather than endorsing a singular technology such as electrification," the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, which is publishing Mineta's proposals, said in a statement announcing his speech.

Mineta, who also was Commerce Secretary under former President Bill Clinton, will be joined Monday by Coalition for Advance Diesel Cars Executive Director Jeff Breneman.