Speaker of the House of the Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is tired of waiting for action on an energy bill including new fuel economy standards. Just as her home state of California filed suit against the EPA, she has called for a vote next week on the bill. Pelosi has met in recent days with both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) about getting a vote soon.
The bill Pelosi is pushing includes a 35 mpg standard by 2020 that would encompass both cars and trucks. The likelihood of passing this bill seems unlikely given the wide support for the alternative Hill-Terry bill which has 160 co-sponsors. That bill would continue measuring cars and trucks separately and lower the standard to 32-35 mpg by 2022. It would also provide leeway to manufacturers if the standards prove to be unachievable. One possibility is that the standard in the bill Pelosi is supporting would be modified. Both cars and trucks would have to meet a 35 mpg standard but they would get different timelines with trucks getting longer to reach the standard.

[Source: Detroit News]

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