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Administration Launches Talks With Auto Makers To Ease Fuel Efficiency Goals Of Joint Research Project


The Bush administration plans to enter formal negotiations with the auto industry on easing the goals of a Clinton-created program for developing super fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Boost In Nuclear Power May Increase U.S. Reliance On Foreign Uranium Supplies


Nuclear power industry and labor officials are raising concerns that efforts by the Bush administration and Congress to boost nuclear energy may run up against President Bush's stated goal of increasing U.S. independence from foreign energy supplies.

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Democrats Argue Bush Energy Plan Ignores Consumers

Senate Democrats are attempting to frame the debate over the Bush administration's anticipated energy strategy by arguing that it will fail to address the immediate needs of ordinary Americans. The Democrats claim the strategy will ignore two critical issues that are at the heart of the nation's energy crisis: wholesale electricity prices in California and gasoline prices throughout the country.

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Refiners Draft Legislative Plan For Overhauling EPA Reformulated Gasoline Requirements


Oil refiners have drafted a legislative plan for stripping out of the Clean Air Act a federal mandate that cleaner-burning gasoline must contain two percent oxygenate. The plan was developed in response to a request by the Senate energy committee chairman, who is looking into possible fuel supply shortages caused by the requirement.

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Bill Touts Fusion As Non-Waste Alternative To Traditional Nuclear Power

A member of Congress from California is pushing commercial development of nuclear fusion technology to address the nation's energy crisis. The lawmaker claims that the promising technology offers a source of nuclear power that does not produce radioactive waste.

Efforts to boost nuclear power have come to the forefront of the energy debate, with the nuclear industry and Vice President Cheney touting construction of nuclear power plants as a zero-emission source of energy.

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Environmentalists Threaten Legal Challenge To Bush Energy Task Force

Environmentalists are threatening legal action against the Bush administration's energy task force, arguing that the group's closed-door meetings undermine public confidence in the task force's efforts. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking documentation from the group on its meetings with parties both inside and outside the administration in developing a national energy strategy.

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Bush Energy Strategy To Promote Multi-Pollutant Bill Minus CO2

The Bush energy task force will recommend legislation on controlling multiple air pollutants from combustion, while excluding carbon dioxide emissions, according to congressional staff briefed by the White House. The proposal is likely to narrow the scope of debate in Congress, which has been working since last year on a plan to control releases of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury, and possibly CO2 from power plants.

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Democrats Accuse White House Energy Group Of Industry Favoritism


House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt is asking Vice President Cheney to meet with Democrats from western states that have been hit hardest by rising energy prices before the White House releases its strategy for dealing with the nation's energy crunch. The request, if it goes unanswered, may foreshadow Democratic plans to portray the upcoming strategy as a package of special interest giveaways that benefit industry, without fully taking into account the energy needs of local residents.

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House Panel Approves California Energy Bill, Puts Off Environment Debate


The House Energy & Air Quality Subcommittee approved a bill to address California's power crisis, but put off debate on several contentious environmental provisions which are likely to return when the bill is taken up by the full Energy & Commerce Committee.

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Environmentalists Claim Public Opposition To Bush Energy Proposals

Environmentalists have compiled polling data that show public opposition to a number of key energy initiatives expected to be part of an energy strategy being developed by the Bush White House. In a memo released by the Sierra Club, the Mellman Group found strong voter opposition to relaxing clean air standards, drilling in vulnerable wilderness areas and building more coal-fired power plants.

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