the first new fuel efficiency standards in decades

The new fuel economy bill is winding its way through the small intestine of Congress right now, and everyone’s holding their breath, waiting to see what comes out on the other end. It seems that there might be reason to be cautiously optimistic. According to today’s “New York Times,” it looks like there may be consensus on an American fleetwide average of 35 gallons by 2020, which is exactly what we were calling for in our petition to John Dingell… Dingell is mentioned in the article. Right after it’s noted that, “Senate Democrats (are) insisting on a strict reading of the 35 mile-a-gallon standard and adherence to the 2020 deadline,” there’s a, “but.” And, it’s after that “but” that Dingell is mentioned. It would appear that he isn’t willing to sign on just yet. According to the article, he’s still “pushing for concessions” on the behalf of the automakers.

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2 Comments

  1. egpenet
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been waiting all morning for others to pick up on the central metaphor in this post … small intestine, large intestine, colon and rectum … “what comes out the other end.”

    I hope it will be a clean drop and not simply dingell there.

  2. kelli
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Congressman John Dingell has always had a soft spot for the automotive industry. We have begun to see more and more that Dingell is also being sympathetic to the energy industry mostly because of the generous donations they give him. Hopefully within the next week when Congress votes on the new legislation they will include both the CAFE standard of 35 mpg and the RES of at least 15% required in order to drastically lower our carbon emissions by 2050. Now is the time for Dingell to accurately represent his district’s view on climate legislation as one of the most influential legislators on environmental issues.

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