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Congress approves auto fuel economy increase, more ethanol use
(2007-12-18)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has approved the first increase in
automobile fuel economy in 32 years.
The increase was approved by a wide margin today and President
Bush also has signaled he will accept the mandates on the auto
industry.
The energy bill will boost mileage by 40 percent to 35 miles per
gallon. It passed the House 314-100 and now goes to the White
House, following the Senate's approval last week.
The bill spurs increased demand for nonfossil fuels and also
requires a six-fold increase in ethanol use to 36 billion gallons a
year by 2022.
It also requires new energy efficiency standards for an array of
appliances, lighting and commercial and government buildings.
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