Sunday, December 23, 2007

Good News and Not So Good News

This week, Congress passed, and President Bush signed, the first increase in automobile fuel efficiency in over 20 years. New cars and trucks will have to average 35 miles per gallon, which is an improvement of 40 percent over existing standards. The bill also contained a green jobs package and provisions for improved efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.

Unfortunately, the bill for clean energy in the House that Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced, which would have provided new tax incentives for solar energy and would have required the generation of 15 percent of electric power from renewable sources, failed to pass.

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