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Another Update on House Energy Legislation

Okay, the suspense, at least on one important item, CAFE, is over for the moment.  The "Washington Post" reports House Drops Tougher Auto Fuel Economy.  Go to Speaker Pelosi's statement in which she says " we will have an opportunity to address this issue shortly.  The Senate energy bill does contain a CAFE provision, which I support."

The remaining issue then is the Renewable Portfolio Standard.  I guess we'll have to wait to see until tomorrow and the Rules Committee meeting whether or not the Udall-Platts amendment on the RPS will be given consideration on the floor on Friday.  For a little more background and some of the politics of this, here's a story from "The Gristmill" from the other day on the powerful's endorsement of the RPS.

There was an earlier article at the "Washington Post" today, Democrats Lack Unity in House Over Energy Bill.  That's the understatement of the day.

These politics are murder. Unfortunately, even though every public poll indicates widespread support for increasing our energy efficiency and our use of renewables, and from across the political spectrum, including, increasingly, even traditional conservative groups like Evangelical Christians, some of the political factions in Congress seem stuck in their old thinking.  Anyway, no matter what happens on Thursday in the Rules Committee and Friday on the floor, the conference is going to be epic.



Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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