Congressmen John Dingell (D-MI) and Rick Boucher (D-VA) said that they will not be pursuing the energy legislation that they have proposed for at least the next two weeks. The Dingell-Boucher bill had fuel economy
standards that were not as stringent as those proposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and had incentives for coal to liquid projects and low carbon fuel standards.
The bill would have also banned states, including California, from regulating greenhouse gases independently of the federal government. Dingell and Boucher will propose alternate legislation that drops the state regulation ban and the coal to liquid while adding incentives for batteries, plug-in hybrids
, grid upgrades and renewable fuels.
[Source: Detroit News]