(You're probably familiar with this case because of all our previous stories - see below - but just as a reminder, the bill would raise the average to 35 mpg by 2020; in general, automakers oppose the bill)
Anyway, what's the score? Stoffer says the auto industry has lost clout to those who push the environmental message on Capitol Hill on this issue. Still, with all the connections the automakers have on the Hill, all this means is that the bill's fate is "too close to call."
Sounds to me like a compromise is in the works, even though the automakers, through the Auto Alliance, have been running scare ads to turn public opinion against the higher standards. They killed a CAFE revamping bill five years ago, but it's a different ballgame now. If you've got an Automotive News subscription, you can listen to those ads here.
Oh, and ethanol is a small part of the debate, too.
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