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The theme of this year's Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress is "A Climate for Change" and the host company is Chrysler. Chrysler's VP of Regulatory Affairs, Deb Morrissett, spoke today at an SAE luncheon in Detroit in advance of the Congress next month. Morrissett spoke about the new fuel economy regulations and what it would take for Chrysler and other companies to meet the standards. She talked about how efficiency has actually been improving at the rate of 1-1.5 percent annually f

The EPA head denied California a waiver to regulate tailpipe emissions and used the recently passed CAFE standard as an excuse. President Bush took questions today at a press conference and it looks like he is using the same excuse. Here is a part of his response to the question on the waiver, which you can read in full below the fold:

The Congress finally passed the energy bill today, which includes a 35 miles per gallon CAFE standard and the White House says Bush will sign it Wednesday. Even though Bush threatened to veto the bill several times and he still thinks the CAFE standard could have gone "farther and faster," he's on board now. Go figure. Anyway, here is exactly what press secretary Dana Perino said:

A second vote today in the US Senate on the new energy bill came up one vote shy of the sixty needed to end debate. Republicans opposed to $21.8 billion in tax increases have filibustered the legislation since it was first passed by the House of Representatives last week. Yesterday Senate negotiators removed a provision that would have required electric utilities to get fifteen percent of their power from renewable sources by the middle of the next decade. After the 59-40 vote this morning Major

With the energy bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last week currently stalled in the US Senate, Democratic leaders are working feverishly to modify the legislation. Last Friday, a procedural vote to end debate and get a vote on the bill fell short of the necessary sixty votes to get to the Senate floor. Republicans were opposed to renewable energy requirements on electric utilities and tax changes that would have eliminated almost $13 billion of tax breaks for oil companies am

After a delay in the vote the House of Representatives passed the new energy on Thursday by a 235-181 margin. The bill passed largely on party lines with fourteen Republicans voting for the bill and seven Democrats against it. The reasons behind the delay will likely doom the bill in the Senate and almost certainly at the White House if it gets that far unchanged. While most representatives supported the fuel economy requirements, some of the ancillary elements are a deal breaker for Republicans

The new compromise energy bill that was announced over the weekend will almost certainly get passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress starting with the House of Representatives this week. Unfortunately there is still that pesky issue of a possible presidential veto. An anonymous Washington lobbyist told BloggingStocks that the bill currently has about a 70/30 chance of becoming law. The main issues are some of the renewable energy requirements for utilities and potential tax increases that may

Speaker of the House of the Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is tired of waiting for action on an energy bill including new fuel economy standards. Just as her home state of California filed suit against the EPA, she has called for a vote next week on the bill. Pelosi has met in recent days with both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) about getting a vote soon.

Following my post earlier today on Click and Clack's comments on CAFE (can you see I'm caught up in crazy alliteration?) reader Chris Abraham not only posted a comment, but sent in some more information on the letter and what's going on with CAFE tomorrow.

Bush sent a letter telling Congress what changes they can make to the energy bill so he does not veto it. Allan Hubbard wrote the letter that the White House sent to Congressional leaders (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner) with a list of "deal-makers and deal-breakers." The energy bill does not have enough votes to make the bill veto-proof, so Congress will probably read this letter very carefully.