Energy Legislation End Game in Senate

Energy Legislation End Game in Senate

Showdown on Global Warming, Fuel Economy Provisions
July 28, 2003

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Washington, D.C., July 28, 2003—This week the U.S. Senate will consider new energy legislation that could radically change prices, restrictions, subsidies, and availability of various forms of energy in the United States.  The most prominent provisions under debate are amendments related to global warming and climate research, and a proposed increase in federal fuel economy standards for new passenger vehicles.

 

“While the leadership in the House was able to keep their version of the energy bill from being loaded with alarmist global warming amendments, there is going to be a great deal of pressure from certain Senators to include unscientific, anti-energy proposals to placate certain environmental pressure groups,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming Policy at CEI.

 

“The Senate will also be facing pressure to increase the federal fuel economy standards known as CAFE,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman.  “Advocates of tighter CAFE restrictions will describe them as an easy way to save energy, but will doubtless omit their more dramatic impact – the death of around 2,000 people a year due to downsizing of new vehicles.”

 

Energy Experts Available for Interviews

Myron Ebell

Director of Global Warming Policy

202.331.2256

mebell@cei.org

Ben Lieberman

Director of Clean Air Policy

202.331-2268

blieberman@cei.org

Sam Kazman

General Counsel

202.331.2265

skazman@cei.org

Christopher C. Horner

Senior Fellow

202.331.2260 or 202.262.4458 (cell)

chorner@cei.org

 

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