For Immediate Release: December 18,
Today the House passed a bipartisan energy bill that, when signed by
the President, will represent the first time in more than thirty years that
Congress has acted to increase fuel economy.
“This improvement in fuel economy will make real progress on
global warming,” said Aurilio. “By making our cars go farther on a
gallon of gas we can cut global warming pollution by more than the total annual
emissions of countries like
“The President called for an increase in CAFE in his 2007 State
of the Union address and Congress is going to sign, seal, and deliver it to
him,” said Aurilio. “We look forward to President Bush’s
signature to give Americans the gift of a greener
The threat of a veto by President Bush and a filibuster by Senate Republicans led Senate leaders to drop a renewable electricity standard (RES) from the bill. An energy bill with a renewable electricity standard passed the House twice this year and garnered a majority in the Senate but fell short of the 60 votes needed for cloture. The House RES would have required that utilities generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy such as wind, solar, or biomass, or through energy efficiency savings by 2020. Senate leaders were also forced to drop a package of tax credits that would have shifted billions of dollars from the oil industry to clean, renewable energy sources including wind, solar and geothermal technologies.
“We are thrilled that this Congress has turned a corner on energy
policy by delivering long-overdue oil savings for
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