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Teamsters Back GOP Energy Bill As Measure Heads For House Floor Vote


A major labor union has thrown its support behind a Republican-backed energy bill, arguing that the bill is environmentally friendly and will stimulate the economy by creating jobs. Support from the Teamsters is a major victory for Republicans and President Bush, who are pushing the legislation as an important step in implementing the president's energy strategy, particularly on the divisive issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

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Environmentalists Blast NAS Call To Shift CAFE To Weight-Based System

Environmentalists have wasted no time in blasting the recommendations of the National Academy Sciences (NAS) that national fuel economy standards should be overhauled to be based on a weight-based system. The activists claim that the new approach, which would establish a series of categories for various size vehicles, would allow automakers to avoid producing smaller, more efficient cars and focus on larger more profitable vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles (SUVs), while meeting the fuel economy standards for that class of vehicles.

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Conservationists Sue California Regulators Over Fast-Tracked Power Plant

A coalition of energy conservation advocates has sued California regulators over a fast-track approved environmental permit for Duke Energy to expand a power plant in Monterey. The litigation is the second to be filed challenging the state's efforts to speed up the construction of power plants to address energy shortages.

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NAS Expected To Endorse Replacing CAFE With Weight-Based Regulations


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is expected to endorse switching to a weight-based system for regulating the fuel economy of passenger vehicles, a recommendation that is likely to provoke the ire of environmentalists who support an across-the-board hike in the current corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards.

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Bipartisan Deal Raises Prospects For Amendment To Hike CAFE

A recent bipartisan compromise is likely to improve the prospects of House legislation to tighten fuel economy standards. Legislators from both sides of the aisle want to amend a pending energy bill to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles, making the requirement for these vehicles the same as the 27.5 miles-per-gallon (mpg) standard for passenger cars.

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House GOP Rushes Bill To Floor

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House Republican leaders have introduced an omnibus energy bill, H.R. 4, composed of four energy bills recently passed by the Energy and Commerce, Science, Resources and Ways and Means committees. The bill will now proceed rapidly through a series of legislative steps before floor debate to take place at the end of an unusually busy week.

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House GOP Expected To Allow Votes On Fuel Economy, Arctic Drilling In Upcoming Energy Bill


The House Republican leadership has reportedly agreed to allow at least two major amendments, one on drilling in the Arctic and another on raising fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, when energy legislation is brought to the floor as early as next week.

Environmentalists have pointed to both issues as key in raising objections to President Bush's energy strategy, which they see as relying too heavily on increasing the use and supply of fossil fuels.

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EPA Eyes Revising Clean-Gasoline Rules To Ease Supply Concerns

EPA is considering modifications to its reformulated gasoline (RFG) rules to ease the oil industry's transition from wintertime to summertime fuel blends, a move intended to address concerns that the rules in place may be contributing to gasoline shortages and high prices.

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Timing Of CBO Surplus Estimates Complicates House Energy Debate

Federal spending projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) due out in late August may complicate efforts by House lawmakers on energy legislation.

Some congressional sources say that opponents to the measure may be put in the awkward position of arguing against the costs of the legislation without the benefit of the latest government estimates on what is generally expected to show a dwindling surplus, while other sources indicate a growing concern among supporters that they will likely have to defend the measure before having the latest numbers on available funds.

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Brazil Assures California Of Adequate Ethanol Supplies To Meet Federal Reformulated Gasoline Rules


Brazilian officials have assured the California Energy Commission (CEC) that they could supply the state with 200 million gallons of ethanol per year beginning as soon as within a few months. The claim is good news for California officials who have been scrambling to figure how they will meet federal reformulated gasoline requirements after the Bush administration rejected the state's request to be exempt from a two percent oxygenate requirement.

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