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We all know that the Democratic Representative from the Automakers Michigan, John Dingell, is a foe of state-based regulations over the auto industry. Back in February, he tried to revive an excised portion of the energy bill that would have made federal CO2 limits take precedence over state rules. In an editorial in Automotive News (subs req'd), Edward Lapham writes that it's Dingell who will be of very few lawmakers who "get" why America needs a national fuel economy law instead of allowing st

As TalkingPointsMemo put it, "no Bush Administration official, current or former, can hold a candle to EPA chief Stephen Johnson when it comes to chutzpah." Why would TPM say something like this? Well, do you remember the Supreme Court's decision that the EPA would, indeed, need to regulate vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions? It happened exactly one year ago today. Since that time, the EPA has found ways to slow down the process and Johnson has now come up with an unhelpful scheme to delay any act

During the debate last fall over the new energy bill one of the amendments that some members of the Congress unsuccessfully tried to get into the final bill was wording that federal CO2 limits would take precedence over state rules. California and other states have been trying to implement CO2 limits that would effectively create fuel economy standards that are tougher than the federal rules.

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/politics/House_leaders_reach_deal_on_35_mpg_fuel_economy_standard_by_2020/blog'; Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) reached a deal late Friday night with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA MI) on a compromise bill to raise fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks to 25 35 mpg 2020. As reported earlier this week, the same threshold would be maintained that was in the Senate bill passed last June. The biggest differences from the earlier Senate bill are the retention of sepa

US Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is saying that a deal is very close on a compromise fuel economy bill in the US Congress. As we reported the other day, the 35 mpg by 2020 standard from the previous Senate bill will be retained with separate averages being calculated for cars and trucks. The primary remaining stumbling block appears to be over clarifying which agencies have responsibility for what.