"House Dems Should NOT punt on CAFE"
E&E News (subs. req’d) has reported on an “apparent deal” between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Energy and Commerce Chair John Dingell (D-MI):
Dingell has effectively decided to punt until later in the year the entire fuels title, which contained an alternative fuels mandate, a low-carbon fuel standard, a boost in corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and coal-to-liquids provisions.
My sources — how many years I have waited to write that — say differently. They say no firm deal to punt on CAFE exists.
Punting on CAFE makes no sense now that political momentum has swung in favor of genuine action on fuel economy, and the Senate is poised to put CAFE into its energy bill.
Let’s hope my sources are right and the news reports are wrong. In any case, even if CAFE isn’t in the Bill, surely amendments will be offered. The time to act is now!