Bill on fuel standards may stall in the House

07/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The U.S. House of Representatives begins debate this week in Washington on its energy bill. What may or may not be included in that piece of legislation is a provision on increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, or CAFÉ.

The legislation mandating that US Automakers begin increasing the average mile per gallon standard to 35 mpg by the year 2020 was approved by the Senate earlier this year.

If the House passes similar legislation and it is signed by the president, it would mark the first increase in such standards in over 30 years.

But there’s doubt as to whether this will happen.

The main bill environmentalists have been touting is bipartisan, sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey and Pensylvania Republican Todd Platts.

But just in the last week, Markey has softened the bill has been to ensure passage.

Phyllis Cutino is the Director of the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. She says the bill is now closer to the Senate version.

For more information, go to pewtrusts.com

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