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The congressional fight over CAFE standards entered a new round yesterday, with, as we reported earlier today, Rep. Markley (D-Mass.) backing away from the 35 mpg standard he had been pushing. This is the statement from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in response:

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When I wrote about Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) introduction this week of an energy bill package with the word independence attached to it, a reader suggested I add more information about the bills. So, here goes.

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The picture there shows President Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) smiling during a recent ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. The two might not have as much to bond over if Pelosi moves forward with her pledge to bring a proposal to raise fuel economy standards to the House floor next month, which could pave the way for Bush to decide whether or not he's going to veto the bill.

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With all the compromise and hints coming out of Washington this week, it's been a challenge just keeping up with who's for what and what's good for whom. But, it looks like this afternoon our illustrious Senators have found one more compromise in their bones and have agreed to raise the CAFE standard for passenger vehicles to 35 mpg by 2020.

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