The American Jewish Committee is urging Congress, now considering a “bailout” bill for U.S. automakers, to be sure that any such “economic stabilization package … include include provisions that will help promote American energy security.” (It’s important to note that AJCommittee has not taken a position on the bailout bill itself.)

Among the provisions are the production of vehicles that are more fuel-efficient and vehicles that have “the ability to use any percentage combination of gasoline and ethanol or methanol.”

AJCommittee also “supports conditioning the aid package on automakers withdrawing their opposition to” states’ efforts “to enact carbon-emissions vehicle standards….”

Sounds good to us. Why should the automakers be in the driver’s seat?