An 80-year-old Democrat from Michigan, John Dingell has been behind many environmental laws during his 51-year career in national politics, including the original CAFE regulations. But the green community is on edge as he assumes chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles most energy-related measures. Dingell is a staunch supporter of the auto industry and has resisted toughening CAFE standards.
In a wide-ranging show on energy and environmental issues, the radio program Living on Earth analyzed the future of environmental policy after the voters chose Democrats to represent them in Congress last week. In one segment that got into green auto technologies, host Steve Curwood interviewed both John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton and current head of the Center for American Progress and Sherwood Boehlert, twelve-term Republican Representative from New York who is a
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