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EDTA 2008: The View from Congress

It was very likely because of who the audience was, but all the panelists at today's "View from the Hill" seminar at the EDTA show agreed that electric drive is the way to go for the future of the American car. Congressional staffer JJ Brown, from Senator Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) office, Pat Bousliman, the natural resources adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, and Mike Carr, counsel to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Com

NHTSA announces new CAFE standards through 2015

Last December, President Bush signed a new energy bill into law that requires automakers to achieve a Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 35 mpg by 2020. This historic stiffening of CAFE standards set a lofty goal, but left plenty of time to get there and new standards of any kind won't begin until the 2011 model year. Today, John Neff

'Splain Yourself: Senator invites EPA chief to California

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson (shown above) has found himself with few friends after denying California's request for a waiver to regulate its own emissions. The denial was issued shortly after President Bush signed the new energy bill into law, leaving some to wonder if the auto industry struck a deal with the White House - we'll give you your energy bill if you give us one national emissions standard to follow, i.e. don't allow California to set its own set of s

President Bush signs energy bill into law

This morning President Bush put pen to paper (no doubt one of those really cool American President pens) and signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, all 822 pages of it. As we all know by now, the pillar of the law is an increase in Corporate

BREAKING: House passes energy bill (again), President will sign into law tomorrow

Once the Senate removed a big $21.8 billion tax package that Democrats had hoped would be included in our nation's new energy bill, the bill itself began John Neff

Energy Bill fails again in Senate by one vote, new vote set for later today

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted on the new Energy Bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives before failing to get enough votes on the Senate floor its first time around. Today the bill again failed to pass in the Senate's hallowed hall by a single vote. The end tally wa

It's just a bill, that can't get passed: Senate fails to move energy bill forward

Despite being passed by the House of Representatives yesterday by a 235 to 181 margin, the new energy bill reached the Senate floor this morning and failed to muster enough votes to move on to the White House, where the President has threatened a veto of it in its current state. The Senate vote was 53 to 42, a majority but still seven votes shy of the 60 it needed. This means that the Senate will now spe

Custom Opel Zafira heralds PROGRESS for fuel cells in Maryland

This week, Maryland congressman Steny Hoyer drove the HydrogGen3, a fuel cell vehicle based GM's Opel Zafira (a regular Zafira is pictured). The test drive at the Walker Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealers in Bowie, Maryland, is the spearhead to Hoyer's plans to introduce the PROGRESS Act in Congress. The comprehensive energy bill, among its provisions, would establish a National Energy Security Commission and advocate rail transportation. Hoyer states that current federal energy polices based on more oil