With the Democrats gaining control of the U.S. House, Rep. John Dingell will be chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. A Democrat from Michigan, he is a vocal opponent of raising the CAFE fuel-economy standards. He is concerned over job losses if Detroit is forced to improve the fuel economy
of its vehicles. According to an Associated Press story
, he is quoted as say that fuel economy "is a long lead-time item." Talking to reporters, he emphasized the need for alternative fuels
. Critics are not enthusiastic. Said a spokesperson for the Union of Concerned Scientists: "Energy policy and fuel economy standards for the past 20 years have been a bipartisan failure. The next year will tell us a lot about how serious people are."
[Source: Tom Krisher/Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram]